Eric Bana’s Car Documentary: Love The Beast Trailer


With Eric Bana taking over the multiplexes tonight as the villain in J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek, I thought it would be a good time to mention the other project he’s been promoting lately, a personal documentary that he directed called Love The Beast. It turns out that the man loves cars (no, not in that way), and he grew up wanting to be a race car driver. Now that he’s a famous actor, he could buy all kinds of expensive sports cars, but instead he’s been fixated on the same 1974 XB Falcon Coupe that he’s had since he was 15 years old. He’s even raced competitively with it at various events in Australia.

I’m not much of a car guy personally, but there’s no denying that some people have a serious connection with these machines, and seeing them talk passionately about it can be compelling. In both Long Way Round and Long Way Down, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman geek out over their motorcycles quite frequently, and I have no problem with that. There’s a part of me that thinks this movie could be a little bit self-indulgent, but still… any movie that has Dr. Phil in it can’t be bad. Love The Beast had the second highest opening weekend for a documentary ever in Australia (right behind the surf gang doc Bra Boys); it hits theatres in North America on August 1st.