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James Mangold is no stranger to bringing true stories to the big screen. As director of Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line and Ford v Ferrari, he has shown himself to be adept at handling films that focus on real people in the midst of real events. But he recently revealed that he thinks there is a danger in getting too deep into the intricate details of these lives. And he advocates against doing too much research.
During Ford v Ferrari’s world premiere at TIFF, director James Mangold made it clear that he thinks it is important to strike a balance when making films that are based on real-life events. He has seen how focusing too much on research can actually hinder the filmmaking process, for both actors and directors:
Ford v Ferrari follows Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), a former professional driver, as he enlists the help of a team, including Ken Miles (Christian Bale), to build the Ford GT40 in the hopes of competing against the iconic Italian automaker’s best race cars. At TIFF, Matt Damon said that neither he nor James Mangold were car enthusiasts prior to making the film.
But James Mangold admitted that he grew to understand the appeal of cars and racing during production. And it appears he followed his own advice for research: Critics have noted that though James Mangold took some liberties, including where the film’s pivotal photo finish was concerned, Ford v Ferrari is in many ways historically accurate.
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