Adam Driver is all set to star in the Enzo Ferrari biopic Ferrari along with Penélope Cruz and Shailene Woodley. The biographical drama is directed by Michael Mann who returns to the director’s chair after eight years. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in August.
Driver recently attended a screening of the film, which has received polarizing reviews from critics, at the Camerimage Film Festival in Poland. When an audience member pointed out that they found the crash scenes to be cheesy and harsh, Driver immediately shut him down and moved on to the next question.
Adam Driver Shut Down An Audience Member After They Criticizied Ferrari
Adam Driver starred as Enzo Ferrari in Heat director Michael Mann’s biopic Ferrari. The film is set in 1957 and follows the events leading up to Ferrari competing in the Mille Miglia race. It shows Enzo Ferrari at a time when his company was on the verge of bankruptcy, his marriage was in trouble, and he was reeling from the death of his son.
The film also starred Penélope Cruz and Shailene Woodley as his wife and mistress respectively. Mann’s directorial premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival and competed for the Golden Lion Award at the festival, losing to Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things. The film has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences.
In a recent screening of Ferrari at the Camerimage Film Festival in Poland, an audience member rudely criticized the crash scenes in the film at a Q&A session after the screening. In a video that has been making the rounds on social media, the fan says,
“What do you think about [the] crash scenes? They looked pretty harsh, drastic and, I must say, cheesy for me. What do you think?”
Adam Driver seemed to have little patience for the fan’s criticism as he immediately shut him down, responding, “F*ck you, I don’t know. Next question.” The response was met with chuckles from the audience.
Criticisms Of Michael Mann’s Ferrari
Ever since its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Michael Mann’s Ferrari has divided critics. While some praise the performances of the film’s leads, Adam Driver and Penélope Cruz, others seem to have an issue with the overdramatized sequences from Mann.
Noted Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino criticized the film for casting American actors instead of native Italians for the film. Ryan Lattanzio, a critic at IndieWire, pointed out how Driver and Shailene Woodley struggled with their Italian accents. He wrote,
“Ferrari…is as operatic a work as you’d expect from the master of sprawling crime dramas like ‘Heat’ and ‘The Insider,’ but it’s also sillier and lighter on its pedals in ways that work both for and against it. Driver and especially Shailene Woodley — who plays Lina Lardi, Enzo’s side piece and the mother of his eventual heir Piero Lardi Ferrari — struggle palpably with the Italian accents of their characters.”
The critic also wrote in his review that the film was fun despite these flaws as it never takes itself too seriously. He also called the racing scenes ‘wince-inducing’.