Rush tells the high-speed story of real-life race car drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), detailing their competitive relationship in the high-stakes world of Formula One racing during the 1970s. Olivia Wilde plays Suzy Miller, a Playboy model who posed for the centerfold in September 1972.
Suzy married James Hunt, a notorious womanizer, and the film explores their volatile relationship. Wilde says, “Suzy and James are an example of the kind of reckless, romantic, optimistic behavior of the time and they had a tumultuous marriage. But she was very much in love with him, and I think he with her, but she ended up leaving him for Richard Burton.” Actor Richard Burton is famous for marrying Elizabeth Taylor not once, but twice. They were also divorced twice.
After meeting at a party in Spain, Suzy Miller and James Hunt got married in 1974, but were divorced by 1976. Suzy received a $1 million divorce settlement.
About falling in love with a dare-devil, Wilde adds, “James is not the safe bet your mother wants you to marry, but he was endearing and, I think, irresistible.” Who doesn’t love a bad boy?
Rush opens in theaters September 27th.