The star participated in a post-screening Q&A at the Camerimage Festival in Poland.
Adam Driver doesn't owe you a polite answer. The star of Ferrari participated in an Q&A after a screening of Michael Mann's new racecar period drama at the 2023 Camerimage Festival in Poland, but wasn't afraid to give a blunt reply when an audience member criticized the film.
"What do you think about the crash scenes?" The questioner began. "They looked pretty harsh, drastic, and I must say, cheesy for me. What do you think?"
"F--- you, I don't know," Driver replied. "Next question."
When someone in the audience says the crash scenes in Ferrari “looked pretty harsh, drastic and I must say cheesy for me” and asked Adam what he thought pic.twitter.com/mXaF1LlTuf
— Adam Driver Central (@adamdrivercentl) November 12, 2023
Ferrari stars Driver as Italian racing mogul Enzo Ferrari — his second time playing a famous Italian in two years, following 2021's House of Gucci. Set in 1957, the new film finds Ferrari reeling from the death of his son and desperate to put his car company on sure financial footing again. In order to do so, he needs a big win at the upcoming Mille Miglia race to reclaim his reputation. He recruits hotshot drivers like Piero Taruffi, played by newly-crowned Sexiest Man Alive Patrick Dempsey.
But racecar driving wasn't the safest thing you could do in the '50s, and crashes were often deadly. Ferrari depicts a few, and they are shown to be devastating. They may have seemed "cheesy" to this Polish viewer, but American viewers can decide for themselves when Ferrari hits U.S. theaters on Christmas Day.
Not all of Driver's answers in the Q&A were so short. When asked how he thought Italians would receive his performance, Driver said he got frequent notes from residents of the mogul's hometown of Modena in Italy, where the film was shot. You can watch the full Q&A below.
"Every time someone would come to set, they would remind me how important Enzo was to the area," Driver said. "As if it wasn't obviously already. If you've been to Modena, the Ferrari iconography is everywhere. There's two museums that honor Enzo, the factory is still there. I was very aware of his importance to Italy overall, and locally. So I tried not to f--- it up. At the same time, that's their version, and you have to take ownership of 'these are the choices we're making.'"
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