Brad Pitt’s ‘Humility Is Second to None,’ Says F1 Costar Damson Idris: ‘Talk About a Superstar’

Pitt and Damson Idris star in the upcoming Formula 1 movie, “F1,” releasing June 2025


Brad Pitt is receiving high praise from his F1 costar, Damson Idris, who recently shared his admiration for the acclaimed actor in an interview with Vanity Fair.

The two are starring in the upcoming movie F1, where Pitt plays former Formula 1 driver Sonny Hayes, making a dramatic comeback on the fictional team APXGP.

Idris, known for his role in Snowfall, takes on the part of Joshua Pearce, a teammate Sonny mentors after coming out of retirement.

Idris, 32, couldn’t hold back his appreciation for Pitt, especially highlighting his humble nature and impressive driving skills. “His humility is second to none,” Idris told Vanity Fair.

“I don’t know if people know this, but he is really good behind that car. Really good. Too good almost. He makes me nervous how good he is.”

Reflecting on his initial day of filming, Idris recounted the overwhelming experience of working alongside such a star-studded cast. “I look to my left, it’s Brad Pitt. I look to my right, it’s Javier Bardem.

I look at my hands, they’re shaking. And we shoot all of this epic stuff and all the amazing drivers are there, from Lewis [Hamilton] to [Max] Verstappen to everyone,” he said.

The movie, directed by Joseph Kosinski of Top Gun: Maverick fame, promises to be a thrilling ride. Idris described working with Kosinski as a “dream come true,” calling him “a director’s director” and “the epitome of cinema.”

Josef Kosinski, Brad Pitt and Idris Damson. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GONGORA/NURPHOTO VIA GETTY)
Josef Kosinski, Brad Pitt and Idris Damson. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GONGORA/NURPHOTO VIA GETTY)

The awe Idris felt watching Top Gun: Maverick was akin to the excitement he remembered from his childhood, watching classics like E.T. and Star Wars. These movies, he said, are defined by one thing: entertainment.

The first teaser for F1 debuted on July 7, and the film is slated for release in theaters on June 27, 2025.

Filming took place during this year’s Grand Prix races, beginning in March, and the production is being made in close collaboration with the real-life Formula 1 community.

This collaboration lends an authentic touch to the sports action flick, immersing audiences in the high-octane world of Formula 1 racing.

In a separate interview with Sky Sports F1 in July 2023, Pitt shed light on his character and the film’s premise. “I would be a guy who raced in the ’90s,” he explained.

“He has a horrible crash and kind of craps out and disappears and then is racing in other disciplines.”

The plot thickens as Idris’ character brings Sonny back into the fold as a last-ditch effort, leading to an exciting series of events.

The film’s ensemble cast includes notable names like Kerry Condon, Javier Bardem, Tobias Menzies, Sarah Niles, Kim Bodnia, and Samson Kayo.

This diverse group of actors adds depth and talent to the project, promising a compelling and multifaceted storyline.

Idris’s excitement about the project is palpable. “I’ve always dreamed of working on a film like this,” he shared. “To be on set with such incredible talent and to be part of a story that combines my love for acting and a thrilling sport like Formula 1 is just amazing.”

His enthusiasm reflects the energy and dedication the entire cast and crew have poured into making F1 a standout film.

As the anticipation builds for the movie’s release, fans of both Pitt and Idris, as well as Formula 1 enthusiasts, have much to look forward to.

The blend of high-speed racing action and a compelling comeback story is set to captivate audiences.

With Kosinski’s visionary direction and the combined star power of its cast, F1 is poised to be a major hit when it roars into theaters next summer.

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