Aston Martin boss Mike Krack was left far from happy with Brad Pitt and his movie crew’s recent visit to the team’s base and claimed that it led to significant chaos.
Pitt was in Austin on a “fact-finding mission” for the movie and wanted to understand the workings of a team better, given that he will play the role of a racer who returns from retirement to mentor a youngster and attempt one final championship tilt himself in his upcoming movie.
Lewis Hamilton is also part of the production team, as is Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
Pitt recently met all 10 bosses of F1 teams and spent a significant time in the Aston Martin garage thereafter.
Krack was not opposed to giving him the freedom to have a look around, but suggested that the Moneyball actor overstayed his welcome.
“They were with us for a very long time, much longer than expected,” said Krack.
“To be honest, it even threw our schedule off. We were a bit stressed then!”
Aston Martin CEO Lawrence Stroll is also believed to be involved in the project, so Krack was cautious in terms of the words he used and ended the exchange by saying that he wished the team was a theatrical success.
“The producers are very serious and professional,” said the 50-year-old from Luxembourg.
“This is very positive for the whole sport.
“We will support the project as much as we can and see to what extent we are involved.
“Their goal is to make the best Formula 1 film. I’m sure they can do it.”
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Director Joseph Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who were part of the team that made ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ are also part of this project, which Hamilton has previously said that he hopes will be “the best racing movie ever”.
Meanwhile, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl also wished the crew luck.
“It will be a super thing, also for Formula 1. I think it’s supposed to go more in the direction of ‘Top Gun’, only with cars. We are excited,” he said.
As far as Hamilton is concerned, the additional time that the movie staff spent at the Aston Martin garage was crucial as it would help them get the most realistic version of the sport in front of the audience.
“It’s about showing people who may never have seen the sport how great it is,” Hamilton said.
“But we also want to make sure we preserve the true heritage and spirit of racing in the film and in the script.”