Known for his memorable turns in mainstream and independent films, Owen Wilson, 42, now playing the role of Cars character Lightning McQueen in Cars 2, reveals his passion for racing.
“As a kid, I’d make up a list — if you could have five cars, what would they be? I love Aston Martins and the DeLorean from Back to the Future and Ferraris — from the 1950s especially are really amazing. I drive a Prius, but maybe that’s not as exciting as some of those cars,” he says. “The spectacle and the sound of Formula 1 racing is unbelievable,” he adds.
“I’m excited to see the way they’ve ‘car-ified’ Tokyo, London, Paris and Italy. I know when John Lasseter (director) was just showing me stills, drawings — they were so beautiful I wanted to take them home and hang them on my wall,” he says.
About the movie franchise, he says, “Cars is popular because of its universal themes .”
Genre: Animation, comedy
Director: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
Cast: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer
Synopsis: Star racecar Lightning McQueen (Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.
But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, and hilarious surprises. Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own — an international espionage. Torn between assisting McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world.