Adam Carolla is Working on a Paul Newman Racing Documentary
As cinephiles, we're familiar with the big screen career of the late, great Paul Newman. But did you know that the Oscar-winning actor was also a championship race car driver? Somehow back in October, a bunch of auto and racing outlets picked up a story from Racer about comedian and podcast host Adam Carolla making a documentary about Newman's racing career, and it doesn't look like anyone in the film world picked up on it. Lucky for us, there's a trailer that arrived last month featuring interviews with other racers and car aficionados like Jay Leno and Patrick Dempsey. But Carolla has his sights set on Tom Cruise.
Here's the trailer for Adam Corolla's Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman from the YouTube:
Carolla is a huge racing fan, and even owns five of Newman's vintage racing cars. The comedian told Racer:
"I decided somebody's got to make a documentary about Paul Newman, the racecar driver with little to no acting involved, just racing. 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. I'm going to start at the start and finish at the finish like we do in the race. We're going to start with Bob Sharp in the Datsun 510s and start at the beginning and get to the Indy team stuff at the end and cover everything in between.”
So why is Cruise important to the film? Well, not only is Cruise another recognizable name who starred in The Color of Money with Newman, but he also raced with him for two years at Newman/Sharp Racing. Carolla hasn't had any luck getting ahold of Cruise for an interview, though he did just finish one with Robert Redford, which should make for a sweet addition to the film. You'll notice that the video has the Twitter hashtag #BookTom attached to it, so let's try and help Carolla land Cruise by tweeting out the hashtag to the official Twitter account for the actor's team right here and spreading the word to anyone interested. The documentary looks pretty interesting, with plenty of archival footage of Newman behind the wheel. He's hoping to finish the film before the next racing season. Cool?