Adam Driver reduced to tears as he receives 7-minute standing ovation for his new movie Ferrari
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Adam Driver was clearly born to play a driver after receiving a seven-minute standing ovation at Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of Enzo Ferrari in Ferrari.
The 39-year-old - who stars alongside Shailene Woodley, Penélope Cruz and Patrick Dempsey - completely transformed his appearance for the role so he could perfectly portray the racing legend.
Take a look at the audience's mind-blowing reaction below:
"Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles with the mourning for their one son.
"Ferrari struggles with the acknowledgement of another. His drivers' lust to win pushes them out to the edge. He wagers all in a roll of the dice on one race, the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the iconic Mille Miglia."
Although Driver was grateful for the reception, he said he wanted 'to promote the SAG leadership directive' amid ongoing actors and writers strikes.
He said: "I’m very happy to be here to support this movie, and the truncated schedule that we had to shoot it and the efforts of all the incredible actors working on it and the crew.
"But also, I’m very proud to be here to be a visual representation of a movie that’s not part of the AMPTP and to promote the SAG leadership directive which is an effective tactic which is the interim agreement."
He continued: "Every time people from SAG go and support a movie that has met the terms of the interim agreement, it just makes it more obvious that these people are willing to support the people that they collaborate with, and the others are not.
"Understanding the interim agreement, it’s a no-brainer for all of these reasons why you’d want to support your union, and I’m here because of that: to stand in solidarity with them by showing up, and further proving the point that it’s really about the people you make it with."
So far, critics have heaped praise on Driver's performance, with Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson saying: "It’s been a long wait to see another of Mann’s muscular visions on the big screen, and while Ferrari is perhaps more muted than some might hope for, it’s a pleasure to watch the filmmaker explore some new styles and timbres."
Matthew Turner from Action Reloaded added: "Adam Driver is on typically splendid form here, nailing Ferrari’s distinctive accent and creating a complex, charismatic character, torn in several different directions."
Rolling Stone's Marlow Stern added: "There is an unstoppable force at the centre of Michael Mann’s Ferrari.
"It is fast, fierce, and wildly unpredictable.
"One moment it has you in the throes of ecstasy; the next, fearing for your life... I’m talking, of course, about Penélope Cruz."
Ferrari is set for release on Christmas Day this year.