Why make a film about Bruce?
“As a producer I’ve always been interested and inspired by stories that, I guess, celebrate a triumph of human spirit. That celebrate what we as people can achieve and what we can do when we put our minds to it. And that’s one of the reasons why I did Beyond the Edge about the conquest of Everest. I guess after making Beyond the Edge I was interested in exploring another story about someone who had triumphed over adversity and had changed their world.
“I wanted it to be a story that was positive and wasn’t just a car racing film. A story about achievement, about guts, determination and a will to succeed. I don’t know about you but I kind of look at McLaren and like, he was only 32! What the hell? He is kind of like the Zuckerberg of his time. He was doing amazing stuff. What he was doing was what in a way what internet guys are doing today. He was trying to change the world. It’s incredible.
“I don’t think he realised the importance of what he was doing at the time. I think he was so focused on just getting through the day, winning the next race, being prepared for the next race after that, building the next car, making a car a second faster, that he probably never stopped to think about just how epic it was what he was achieving.”