In the latest remake of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the filmmakers shot the classic chariot race without the assistance of CGI and instead filmed a live race! See director Timur Bekmambetov and actor Jack Huston in action.
Just as in the preceding Ben-Hur movies, the 2016 remake features Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) competing against his childhood friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell) in a dangerous, high-speed chariot race. Paramount Pictures released a featurette today showing a behind the scenes look from the set, including commentary from the film’s director Timur Bekmambetov.
Timur explains that the actors were dragged by real horses at high speeds around the arena while a truck with a camera attached tracked their movements from the side. While safety procedures were in place to protect actors and extras, their was real danger and the filmmakers took calculated risks to achieve the most realistic scenes possible. The chariots had no air bags or breaks and were replicas of actual chariots from races years ago. Timur compared the experience to today’s NASCAR!
About The Film
BEN-HUR is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Also starring Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro.
The film hits theaters August 19th. Visit BEN-HUR Movie. Watch the full trailer below!
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