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Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt had the time of his life shooting scenes for his Formula 1 movie during the 2023 British Grand Prix weekend.

Brad Pitt: Silverstone was the time of my life

Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt had the time of his life shooting scenes for his Formula 1 movie during the 2023 British Grand Prix weekend.

Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt had the time of his life shooting scenes for his Formula 1 movie during the 2023 British Grand Prix weekend.

Sonny Hayes aka Pitt ‘drove’ for the 11th F1 team present during the course of the Grand Prix weekend, filming important scenes for the Apple-backed blockbuster movie, and for an actor who has seen and done just about everything, being at Silverstone is standout moment of his career as an actor.

While filming of the movie was very much behind-the-scenes for TV viewers, actors plus crew with their fictitious team and real F1 cars, were on the fringes of activities during the course of the weekend, which Pitt described to Sky F1: “It’s all been great. The vibe is amazing, to get to be part of it and tell our story. The teams have opened their doors to us.”

Pitt went on to shed some light on the plot and the role he plays: “A guy who raced in the nineties, who has a horrible crash, craps out and disappears, then he’s racing in other disciplines. His friend, played by Javier Bardem, he’s a team owner, contacts him.

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“They’re a last-place team, they’re 21-22 on the grid, they’ve never scored a point. But they have a young phenom, played by Damson Idris, and they bring me in as kind of a Hail Mary and hijinks ensue,” revealed the 59-year-old actor of the script.

When the project was released, with seven times F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton as a consultant, Pitt explained how state-of-the-art technology would be used to emphasise action.

This came to pass during filming at Silverstone according to Pitt: “Tell you what’s amazing about it — there are cameras mounted all over the car — you’ve never seen speed, you’ve never seen just the G-forces like this. It’s really, really exciting.”

Joseph Kosinski of Top Gun: Maverick fame, directs and produces the Apple Studios-backed project. Also involved alongside Hamilton, under his Dawn Apollo Films banner, are Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Plan B Entertainment.

The film is made in collaboration with the whole F1 community – including Formula 1, the 10 teams and the FIA. The screenplay is by Oscar nominee Ehren Kruger. Variety report that British actor Tobias Menzies, Emmy winner for Netflix’s “The Crown” has also joined the cast with a pivotal role in the film.