‘Ford v Ferrari’: What Matt Damon Did Like the Real Carroll Shelby and what He Didn’t

by Jeremy Spirogis
Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari tells the true story of car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) teaming as much as win the 1966 Le Mans. Ferrari beforehand dominated the race, however Ford Motor Company employed Shelby to ship a successful car. The film exhibits how he designed the GT-40.

Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari
Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari | Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox

You can take Ford v Ferrari dwelling on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD. Any of these releases comes with a 60 minute behind-the-scenes documentary by which Damon, director James Mangold and different filmmakers talk about bringing historical past to life. Here’s how Damon captured the true Shelby, and one factor he left behind. 

‘Ford v Ferrari’ has a tackle Carroll Shelby

Ford v Ferrari picks up after Shelby’s personal racing profession has ended. The automaker affords him a brand new profession path, though he didn’t realize it on the time. 

Ford v Ferrari Blu-rayFord v Ferrari Blu-ray
Ford v Ferrari Blu-ray | 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

“Caroll Shelby is kind of a salesman and a hustler,” Mangold stated. “He’s kind of compensating for the fact he can no longer race himself. He has a kind of incredible Type A personality and he’s an obsessive race car driver who suddenly can’t do the thing he loves anymore. He’s kind of set himself up with a business where he’s almost compensating for the lack of excitement of the track by trying to get that same high being an entrepreneur.”

Matt Damon on his ‘Ford v Ferrari’ character

Shelby was no strange swimsuit. Although he most well-liked to work within the storage, Shelby knew methods to razzle dazzle Ford executives to get what he needed within the GT-40.

“He was a master of that kind of diplomacy. He knew how to sell anything to anyone and manage a bunch of competing agendas and relationships in order to get what he wanted. [Shelby] was really on the cusp of fading into oblivion and just being another guy hustling trying to sell cars to people. This was an unbelievable opportunity for him to pivot into becoming a world class car maker, becoming like the preeminent designer. Obviously we know he succeeded because we know about the Shelby Mustang and we know his name today.”

Matt Damon, Ford v Ferrari Blu-ray bonus options

First, Matt Damon obtained Carroll Shelby’s voice proper

Carroll Shelby doesn’t sound like Jason Bourne. Damon adopted Shelby’s southern drawl, however to not an exaggerated diploma.

Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v FerrariChristian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari
Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari | Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox

“I feel a tremendous responsibility when it’s a real person,” Damon stated. “There’s a ton of documentaries that have been made and a ton of existing interviews. It’s really helpful because his voice was very distinct. I spent a lot of time on that. I’d listen to him a lot. You just try to make it so it’s second nature.”

‘Ford v Ferrari’ solely stored two items of Carroll Shelby wardrobe

Apparently, Shelby was a really flamboyant dresser. Ford v Ferrari’s costume designer, Daniel Orlandi, deserted a few of Shelby’s louder outfits. He solely wanted two items of wardrobe to establish Damon as Shelby.

“Originally we could have had some of the more over the top clothes, but he doesn’t need the costume to define the character so much and be so exaggerated,” Orlandi stated. “So he wears his cowboy hot which Carroll Shelby wore a lot and his crocodile cowboy boots.”

Leave a Comment