David Harbour, known for his role in Stranger Things, has revealed that Gene Hackman’s performance in the film Hoosiers played a part in his decision to star in the upcoming movie Gran Turismo. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Harbour explained that he watches Hoosiers every couple of years and found inspiration in Hackman’s character, Norman Dale. Harbour saw the opportunity to remake Hoosiers for a younger generation in Gran Turismo and was excited to take on the role.
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Gran Turismo, directed by Neill Blomkamp and written by Jason Hall, Zach Baylin, and Alex Tse, tells the true story of a team of underdogs – a struggling working-class gamer, a failed racecar driver, and an idealistic motorsport executive. Together, they take on the most elite sport in the world and risk everything to prove that nothing is impossible when you’re fueled from within.
The film also stars Archie Madekwe, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, Takehiro Hira, and Geri Horner. It is set to be released in theaters in the United States on August 25, 2023.
Harbour emphasized that while he used Hackman’s character as a model, he also wanted to make the role his own and bring his own unique performance to the film. He acknowledged that using archetypal models and tropes can be helpful in shaping a character, but ultimately, he aimed to create a specific and personal portrayal.
The interview took place prior to the start of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike, which may have impacted the production and release of Gran Turismo. However, specific details regarding the strike and its effect on the film were not mentioned in the article.
Overall, Harbour’s admiration for Hackman’s work in Hoosiers and his desire to bring a remake of that story to a younger audience were key factors in his decision to star in Gran Turismo. Fans can look forward to seeing Harbour and the rest of the cast in action when the film hits theaters on August 25, 2023.