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Anthony Hopkins on Burt Munro. Tositapahtumiin perustuva tarina miehestä, joka ei luovuttanut, joka piti kiinni unelmistaan. Uusiseelantilaisesta pikkukaupungista kotoisin oleva…

Maailman nopein intiaani

Anthony Hopkins on Burt Munro.

Tositapahtumiin perustuva tarina miehestä, joka ei luovuttanut, joka piti kiinni unelmistaan.

Uusiseelantilaisesta pikkukaupungista kotoisin oleva Burt Munro panttasi kotinsa, matkusti Tyynen valtameren yli, kohtasi matkallaan uskomattomia vastuksia mutta vielä enemmän uusia ystäviä, ja ajoi itse virittämällään 20-luvun Indian Scout -moottoripyörällä Bonnevillen suolatasangolla 1967 nopeusennätyksen, joka on edelleen voimassa.

Uusiseelanstilainen Roger Donaldson teki välillä isoja kaupallisia elokuvia Hollywoodissa (Dante´s Peak, The Getaway), mutta palasi sitten kotimaahansa, unelmaprojektin pariin. Donaldson oli tehnyt 70-luvulla dokumentin Burt Munrosta. Ainutlaatuinen tarina suorastaan kiljui suuren mittakaavan uusintaversiota. Donaldson lähetti käsikirjoituksen vain yhdelle näyttelijälle. Anthony Hopkins vastasi heti: Koska aletaan hommiin.

 

Roger Donaldson interview
What attracted you to Burt Munro’s story?
One thing about New Zealand is that if you are determined to do something, this is a country where things can happen. You don’t get held back by bureaucracy or people having a preconceived idea of what a film maker is or what sort of training you
should have or if you’ve got the wherewithal to go out and do it.

This is a country that’s always been very sympathetic to the ‘go, do it’ mentality and Burt Munro really did have that mentality. He really did decide that he was going to make this old 1920 Indian motorcycle into the world’s fastest motorcycle, and he set about it in a way only New Zealanders really know how to do. We call it a number eight wire mentality: take what you have
around you and make the most of it and don’t bitch and moan about what you don’t have.

I came to meet Burt Munro because my partner in my photographic business, Mike Smith and I were both crazy about motorbikes. We heard about this old boy Burt Munro, down in Invercargill, who had a motorcycle that was supposedly a land speed record holder. We made contact with Burt and he invited us down here to
Invercargill; he said “come down here and see my bike”.
I still remember when we turned up on Bainfield road where Burt lived. It was about ten o’clock at night by the time we got down there and Burt was so pleased to see us that he had to demonstrate his bike to us immediately. So he wheels his motorcycle
outside to the back yard and gets it cranked up. Then there’s screaming, the noise, you can’t hear yourself talk let alone think, the lights are coming on at the
neighbours’ houses, people are screaming and yelling “Burt you old bastard turn that motorbike off”. That was Burt Munro.

ENSI-ILTA

24.02.2006

The World's Fastest Indian
Roger Donaldson
Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Paul Rodriguez
125 min
2005
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