Max Verstappen has admitted that the upcoming Formula 1 film being co-produced by Lewis Hamilton “doesn’t really interest” him, with him not being the biggest lover of “over-dramatised” films or shows.
The film starring Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt, is expected to hit the big screen in 2025, after being delayed by recent strikes.
The currently untitled movie is based around an ex-F1 driver coming out of retirement, to mentor his younger teammate.
Pitt is playing the retired driver, called Sonny Hayes, whilst the young protagonist is being played by Damson Idris.
In the film, the two drivers race for fictional outfit ‘Apex’, who actually appeared in the F1 paddock at various rounds this year.
An 11th garage was set up for ‘Apex’ so that filming could take place, with both Pitt and Idris having completed laps in modified Formula 2 cars during the British Grand Prix weekend.
When the movie is eventually finished, it’ll certainly be a spectacle, although one which Verstappen will likely pass on.
Despite this, the 26-year-old is a fan of Pitt and is familiar with “so many” of his movies.
“Yes, so many. Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and so on, those roles stick with me. I like films anyway and Brad Pitt is of course a super actor,” Verstappen told Formule1.nl.
“Before the US Grand Prix in Austin, I saw a few clips from the new film. They were shown during the drivers’ meeting with an explanation of how they had filmed it all.
“Nice to see, but it doesn’t really interest me that much. I don’t need to see a film of my own sport. This film is of course a made-up story and everything is always over-dramatised, you have to love that. I personally don’t have that much with that.”
Verstappen is known to not like it when events are “over-dramatised”, which is one of the reasons why he boycotted Netflix docuseries ‘Drive to Survive’ in 2021.
The Dutchman didn’t like how Netflix created fake rivalries, something the company have relaxed on in the most recent series, which Verstappen did appear in.
Netflix bosses met with Verstappen to try and get him onboard for filming in 2022, which he ultimately agreed to after promises were made by the streaming giants.