Cool Hand Luke star, Nissan Skyline enthusiast and noted handsome person Paul Newman was as famous for his love of motorsports as he was for his films. Now, comedian, gearhead and star of the ill-fated The Car Show Adam Carolla is working on a new documentary about Newman's racing career.
The folks at Racer report Carolla, a well-known Datsun fan, is working on a film that starts with Newman's involvement racing Datsuns with Bob Sharp and goes all the way up to his ownership of an IndyCar team. Here's what Carolla said:
“I decided somebody's got to make a documentary about Paul Newman, the racecar driver with little to no acting involved, just racing,” Carolla told RACER. “And I thought, 'Well, why not the guy who has five of his cars? OK, let's do it.' So I started doing a documentary on Paul Newman, the racecar driver.”
[...] At the current rate of progress, Carolla's Newman documentary could be completed prior to the start of the next racing season.
“We're working on it now,” he said. “We've sat down with a few people who know Paul and we're going to just keep going. It's coming along nicely we're just kind of pecking away at it. I imagine it will be done in a couple of months, I don't know when it's coming out, what we're doing with it, who's going to distribute it or any of that. I just know theoretically we should be done in several months. Then we have to figure out what to do with it.”
Sounds awesome. Newman, who died in 2008, was a fascinating guy and so was his motorsport career away from the movie cameras. I know I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Maybe we can get it for the next Jalopnik Film Festival? Never say never.
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