The truth about Christian Bale’s intense training for Ford v Ferrari

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Christian Bale as Ken Miles in Ford v Ferrari

It wasn’t easy for Christian Bale to prepare for director James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari, but it was worth the effort. Not only has Bale been nominated for a Golden Globe …. but he also recently nabbed a Screen Actor’s Guild nod for the picture, too.

Car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) is asked to make a Ford that will rule at La Mans. Shelby asks hot-headed British racer Ken Miles (Christian Bale) to help.

In “Ford v Ferrari”, Bale plays engineer and driver Ken Miles, who helped design and drove the GT40 Ford that led the motor company to its first-ever win at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, the oldest active sports car endurance race.

The light blue Ford GT40 Bale’s Ken Miles character races in the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans was built by Superformance, a replica car company that specializes in vintage models like the iconic racing machine.

To play the racing legend on the big screen, Bale didn’t just have to act like Miles — he had to drive like Miles, too. ….. First “To teach Bale how to drive like a real racer, Nagle sent the former Dark Knight to the Bondurant High Performance Driving School in Arizona.

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