Fassbender reveals Hollywood motor racing plans
The Fossa man has a long-term ambition to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans and has been preparing for the June classic by racing in this year’s European Le Mans Series, a direct feeder championship to the French race.
His progress has been documented on a YouTube series and season two can be downloaded from http://www.porsche.com/RoadtoLeMans every Friday.
He is so concentrated on his new found racing career that he has parked his acting career for the time being.
“I have just stopped acting. It is very tricky for me to do the racing and the acting at the same time because of insurance reasons,” he said. “If I can top and tail the season with [acting] jobs that is good – but it has to work around the racing season.”
Hollywood has, in the past, done justice to motor racing and some of the best big screen adaptions of famous races feature the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The best-known example is Steve McQueen’s 1971 film ‘Le Mans’ depicting a fictional 24 Hours of Le Mans race and featuring actual footage captured during the 1970 race held the previous June.
Last year’s ‘Ford V Ferrari’, based on true events surrounding the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans was well received by motor racing and movie fans.
Fassbender wants to do something similar and dropped hints at last weekend’s European Le Mans race in Portugal.
“It has been a life-long ambition for me to bring this sport to the screen and be part of that. It is something that I have been working on for many years so I am developing something at the moment,” he said in a pre-race interview. “I am very excited about that. As I say, it is something that I wanted to do for over 10 years now, so yeah that is happening.”