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  • Brad Pitt is rumored to star in this movie.
  • This is Tom Cruise's second collaboration with director Joseph Kolinski after "Oblivion".
  • Joseph Kosinski directed Tom Cruise in the 2013 film Oblivion.
  • As of March 2018, Christian Bale and Matt Damon were eyed for the lead roles.
  • Noah Jupe previously played Matt Damon's son in Suburbicon (2017). They both co-star again in this movie, though Noah plays the son of Christian Bale.
  • According to Matt Damon, Christian Bale had to lose seventy pounds before filming began. Bale had previously gained a lot of weight for his role in Vice (2018) and had about seven months to lose it all and then some to play the lean race car driver, Ken Miles. Damon inquired of Bale how he managed to lose all the weight, to which Bale replied that he simply didn't eat. Damon said he was impressed by Bale's monk-like discipline.
  • Dan Gurney is portrayed in this movie by his youngest son, Alex Gurney.
  • This movie was formerly titled "Go Like Hell" and Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were considered for the roles.
  • Christian Bale was originally set to play Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari, but dropped out to due concerns he had regarding getting the proper weight in time for the movie. Mann replaced him with Hugh Jackman.
  • The real Lee Iacocca died on July 2nd, 2019, at the age of 94, four months before the movie is set to release.
  • This would have been Christian Bale and Matt Damon's second collaboration, had the latter accepted the role of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight (2008).
  • In order to recreate the Le Mans circuit as it existed in the 1960s the scenes taking place on the race track had to be shot in five different locations. This proved a challenge in terms of continuity as not only the cars had to be correctly placed for each shot but the weather had to be consistent as well. VFX was critical in fixing a variety of continuity errors some of which were as simple as adjusting clocks to the right time.
  • Marketed as "Ford v Ferrari" in North America. In most other countries around the world it is titled "Le Mans 66".
  • "The 24 Hour War" is a documentary by Adam Carolla and Nate Adams. It tells the Story of Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari's epic 24 Hours of Le Mans pissing match.
  • The Claret and Blue jersey Ken Miles' son wears during one scene is a replica of one worn in the 1960's by English Football team Aston Villa.
  • In preparation for his role, Christian Bale took race driving lessons at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School. As it happened, the founder of the school had been a friend of Ken Miles. So in addition to the driving, Bale also got to hear stories of the 1960s racing scene. Bale's instructor and the film's stunt coordinator,Robert Nagle later stated that, "he's hands down the best actor I've ever trained."
  • This will be the third time Matt Damon has worked with an actor who has portrayed Batman. He previously worked with Ben Affleck and George Clooney, and will be starring with Val Kilmer in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019).
  • Matt Damon and Christian Bale agreed that the brawl between their respective characters was the most fun scene to film. Both have experience of extensively choreographed fight scenes that take weeks to learn so it was a positive change that they only had to rehearse the brawl for twenty minutes and weren't required to look lethal while doing it.
  • The film was stuck in development for a long time. Director James Mangold became interested in making it as far back as 2010 and would periodically check in with 20th Century Fox to inquire if the project was available. It wasn't until after he made Logan (2017) that he was brought on board to direct the film. He and the screenwriters decided to focus the story on Shelby and Miles instead of the ensemble of previous drafts. After managing to get the required budget below $100 million Mangold finally received the green light from Fox.
  • During one of the scenes at the Le Mans circuit, Jacky Ickx can be seen standing in the crowd. Despite his successes with Ferrari in Formula One, Ickx is widely known for holding the highest number of wins at the Le Mans 24 hours at the time with 6 victories (1969, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981 and 1982). His first win was in a Ford GT.
  • Matt Damon said the number one reason he wanted to do the movie was to work with Christian Bale.
  • With a lot of the testing runs and GT-40 development taking place at LAX International airport you can regularly see the iconic 'Theme Building' which was inspired by the Jetsons cartoons in the background. Built in 1960-61 this was the most recent terminal building added to the airport at the start of the 60's
  • A number of aircraft can be seen in the film: Boeing 727 -100 Freighter - seen outside the Shelby American Vehicles Hanger and Lockheed Electra Flown in by Carroll Shelby to the Ford Motors Event
  • Before the Ford Motors event to introduce the new Mustang, Shelby pilots a Lockheed Model 10 Electra with other Ford executives. Shelby did not go to school and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, serving in World War II as a flight instructor and test pilot. He graduated with the rank of staff sergeant pilot.
  • Second time that Matt Damon has played a character named Carroll. He previously played one of Tina Fey's love interests on 30 Rock who was not only named Carol but who also was a pilot.
  • The watch Carol Shelby wears is a Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter. Jack Heuer (founder of Heuer Watches) and Heuer watches have always had a strong involvement in motorsport. The Carrera collection was created in 1963, inspired by the iconic Carrera Pan Americana race.
  • All scenes of the Daytona 24-hour race were filmed at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
  • Eric Broadley, one of the early designers of the GT40, does not make an appearance in the movie, but the box for a plastic model of Broadley's Lola T70 race car can be seen on a shelf in Peter Miles' bedroom.
  • According to his Instagram Josh Brolin had some scenes or a cameo in the movie, but they were cut out.
  • It's obvious the airport used in the film was the Ontario international airport. The LAX buildings were CGI. The hangers they used are at the west end of of Ontario and the terminal and control tower are also seen. The 727 used has been sitting at the old terminal for years and used in other movies.
  • While pitching his racing idea, in 1963, Lee Iacocca notes that James Bond does not drive a Ford. Bond did drive a Mustang in Thunderball (1965) and later in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
  • Ford distanced themselves from the film before it was released over its portrayal of Leo Beebe and Henry Ford II as villains.
  • Whilst Miles and Shelby was known to have a hand in the car's development, the film omit to mention that the car also had a vast development team which included bureaucrats at Ford's Dearborn, Michigan headquarters, nicknamed the 'Glass House'; besides Lunn, a team in the UK including Shelby's former team manager, John Wyer and Lola's Eric Broadley.
  • Jim Caviezel was originally set to play Christian Bale part as Miles.
  • Perhaps intentionally the film skips the 1965 World Sportscar Championship. Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby teamed to win the Daytona race that year in a Shelby Ford GT40 and finish second in the 12 Hours of Sebring. But Ferrari still won at Le Mans and no Fords finished. Ferrari also won that year's FIA International Trophy for GT Prototypes. 1966 would indeed prove the pivotal year for Ford v. Ferrari.
  • More than fifty years after their racing heyday, The Ford GT cars depicted in the movie are still so famous and popular that several companies make modern replicas that can be purchased by the public, either as kits for turn-key keys. Race Car Replicas ("RCR") in Michigan is one of these companies and RCR built all of the replica FORD GT40s used in this movie as well as other makes seen in this film. The modern replicas have many upgrades for safety, reliability and ease of manufacture, but are outwardly identical in appearance and mechanical configuration. Many of the original Ford GT40s from the LeMans 1966 race still exist, but they are now collector's items worth millions of dollars and are not suitable for the risks of filming.
  • Lee Iacocca notes that James Bond does not drive a Ford while showing a photo of Sean Connery next to an Aston Martin. Ford will later assist in building Aston Martins between 1994 to 2006.
  • Christian Bale previously worked with Josh Lucas in American Psycho
  • In one scene, Shelby refers to Henry Ford II as "The Deuce". Ford was called "Hank the Deuce" as far back as the early 1940's.
  • The scene where Ford breaks down after the ride with Shelby, he says he wished that his father could have had the experience. He did not mean Henry Ford. Henry Ford was his grandfather, his father was Edsel Ford.
  • This is the written transcript of the infamous Christian Bale rant; where he screamed abusively at a co-worker for 10 straight minutes, and threatened to beat them up if there were any more mistakes: Christian Bale: Am I going to walk around and rip your ------- lights down, in the middle of a scene? Then why the ---- are you walking right through? Ah-da-da-dah, like this in the background. What the ---- is it with you? What don't you ------- understand? You got any ------- idea about, hey, it's ------- distracting having somebody walking up behind Bryce in the middle of the ------- scene? Give me a ------- answer! What don't you get about it? Shane Hurlbut: I was looking at the light. Bale: Ohhhhh, goooood for you. And how was it? I hope it was ------- good, because it's useless now, isn't it? Hurlbut: OK. Bale: ----- sake man, you're amateur. McG, you got ------- something to say to this p----? Bale: Well, somebody should be ------- watching and keeping an eye on him. McG: Fair enough. Bale: It's the second time that he doesn't give a ---- about what is going on in front of the camera, all right? I'm trying to ------- do a scene here, and I am going "Why the ---- is Shane walking in there? What is he doing there?" Do you understand my mind is not in the scene if you're doing that? Hurlbut: I absolutely apologise. I'm sorry, I did not mean anything by it. Bale: Stay off the ------- set man. For ----- sake. Alright, let's go again. McG: Let's just take a minute. Bale: Let's not take a ------- minute, let's go again. Bale: I'm going to ------- kick your ------- ass if you don't shut up for a second! All right? Unknown voices: Christian, Christian. It's cool. Bale: I'm going to go... Do you want me to ------- go trash your lights? Do you want me to ------- trash 'em? Then why are you trashing my scene? Hurlbut: I'm not trying to trash your scene. Bale: You are trashing my scene! Hurlbut: Christian, I was only... Bale: You do it one more ------- time and I ain't walking on this set if you're still hired. I'm ------- serious. You're a nice guy. You're a nice guy, but that don't ------- cut it when you're ------- around like this on set. Later Bale apologized for the rant, and conceded that "no one was more mortified about it than I was... There is no excuse for that."
  • Ferrari's response to the Ford GT40 Mark II at Le Mans in 1966 was the 330 P3 (with P meaning Prototype), Ferrari's first fuel-injected car.
  • Not shown in the film is John Surtees, the English driver who had won the 1964 Formula 1 World Championship while driving for Ferrari and who was set to race with Scuderia Ferrari again at Le Mans in 1966. However, he famously quit Ferrari over a disagreement with Enzo Ferrari after his suggestion to be a pace-setting "hare" that would force the GT40s to push themselves to the limit to catch him was dismissed and did not drive in the race.
  • Ford's other drivers in 1966 also included Scotsman Sir Jackie Stewart, who went on to win three F1 World Championships, and American AJ Foyt, who went on to become the only man to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona, the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. However, both did not race at Le Mans in 1966 due to injury.
  • Early in the film when Ken Miles (Christian Bale) wants to end the debate with his wife (Caitriona Balfe) over their financial situation, he says that they should quit "going all around the Wrekin". This is a phrase originating in the West Midlands of England to signify that someone should stop waffling and get to the point (the Wrekin is a prominent hill in Shropshire). As Ken Miles was from Sutton Coldfield it is certainly the sort of expression that he could have used.
  • In WWII, Ford built B-24 bombers. B-24 bombers were used to bomb Italy and the Ferrari plants.
  • Christian Bale (Ken Miles) is well known for playing Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)), while Jon Bernthal (Lee Iacocca) is known for playing Frank Castle/The Punisher (The Punisher (2017)). Both of those roles are comic-book anti-hero vigilantes who are ordinary human men (no superpowers), known for their strong moral code towards the innocent, their often brutal treatment of the guilty, and their intimidating armor/costume.
  • Three of the cast/crew have principal ties to acclaimed live-action adaptations of comics: Christian Bale played Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012); Jon Bernthal played Frank Castle/The Punisher in The Punisher (2017); and James Mangold directed the Wolverine films The Wolverine (2013) and Logan (2017).
  • The 24 Hours of Daytona race took place on February 5th-6th, 1966. The Le Mans took place on June 18th-19th, 1966.
  • Peter Miles, son of Ken, worked as an executive administrator of a vintage car collection belonging to billionaire William E. "Chip" Connor II., valued at over $80 million. One of those in the collection is a Ferrari 250 GTO, which Shelby built the Cobra Daytona Coupe to battle against in the GT class.


  • Ken's death took place on August 17th, 1966.
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