Eric Bana’s documentary film about his love affair with a 1974 Ford Falcon GT Coupe (Love the Beast) took a different turn when he wrapped his favorite car around a tree halfway through filming.
As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Bana, who will appear on the screen as Nero in Star Trek XI, was filming his documentary Love the Beast at the Targa Tasmania Rally in 2007 when he crashed his beloved car into a tree. Bana had been thinking more along the lines of a win, not a wreck, but he turned the mishap to his advantage. “Winning might have been more personally satisfying for me,” he explained, “but there’s no doubt that when I crashed the car, the director in me was quite thrilled about Act III.”Fortunately, Bana was uninjured, and he decided that the crash was a superior ending to that which he had originally planned. “I had a plan A, obviously,” he said with a laugh. “But I was also relinquishing myself to the documentary format. It was not my plan to nearly kill myself and my navigator and destroy the car. When that happened, I just had to roll with it. But I also have to admit that plan B was much better than plan A.”
Love the Beast will debut in Australia on March 12, with a UK and US release to follow later in the year.