In the mid-’60s, Ferrari ruled the racing world, easily winning prize after prize. So Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) gives his workers orders to construct a car that will make Ferrari drivers choke on the smoke. Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (Christian Bale), are the two mavericks who might just have what it takes to pull it off. At first glance, Le Mans ’66 seems like a movie about cool cars and the handsome men that drive them. And it is that but there's a lot more to it. In a way, it's also a movie about filmmaking.
Christian Bale’s Miles is the maverick in this movie, a loud grease-monkey who throws wrenches, wears oil-stained white T-shirts, and consistently holds a sloshing mug of tea while occasionally yelling “Pillock!” Matt Damon’s Shelby is the charmer, a sneaky Cassonova in black threads and a cowboy hat who throws no wrenches, but is as interested as any other about the results of the race. He is less well-defined as he doesn't seem to have any family or personal life - though he keeps a stuffed armadillo in his office — but together, both stars are captivating to watch, as they bicker and argue while their friendship forms. Their constant obsession with how to make a $9 million car move at rocket speed without exploding into flames makes a very interesting watch.
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