‘Ford v Ferrari’ Writers Explain Their Policy: ‘Stick to the Truth, Not the Facts’

  • The Wrap
A version of this story about “Ford v Ferrari” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

When Michael Mann came to them with the idea for a movie about the Ford Motor Company’s attempt to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966, brothers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth knew nothing about auto racing or about designer Carroll Shelby or driver Ken Miles, the lead characters in what became “Ford v Ferrari.”

“We went out to the Willow Springs track and we raced cars,” Jez Butterworth said. “It was terrifying and exciting and thrilling. And then we sat down with Carroll Shelby. By the time we finished the meeting with Carroll, it was obvious it was a great story for a movie.”

The film stars Matt Damon as Shelby and Christian Bale as Miles, who teamed up to make Ford a major player
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