BY GERRY MILES
The new Lotus Exige S is featured in the soon to be released film RED 2 starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Byung Hun Lee.
Here are some movie and Lotus factoids, supplied by Lotus.
RED 2 – LOTUS Quick Facts:
- Lotus provided the use of three cars to production for the project, one had the engine removed and was mounted to a ‘skate’ (pictured above) to create one of the more dramatic driving manoeuvres.
- A Lotus Exige S is ‘borrowed’ by character Han (Byung Hun Lee) to help Victoria (Helen Mirren) escape a gun battle at the Iranian Embassy in London.
- The Exige S weaves its way through London markets and streets pursued at high speed by Range Rovers full of machine gun-toting Revolutionary Guards. Victoria fires back while Han spins the car 360 degrees.
- After a thrilling highway chase sequence which sees the nimble Exige S hide under a moving 12-wheel truck, the Exige S finally darts in front of the truck, but the Range Rover can’t match its agility to make the manoeuvre and ends up rolling along the highway on its roof!
- Han drives the Exige S to deliver Victoria to the rest of the RED team just in the nick of time to save the day!
- Matt Becker (Lotus Chief Engineer – Test and Development) performed the driving stunts as Han’s stunt double. Complete with wig, make-up and costume… he has some very funny anecdotes. Matt’s dad, Roger Becker, drove the Lotus Esprit in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’! Of course, that Lotus is now up for sale this fall in England.
Readers can find my story on the auction of the Lotus Esprit 1 here with a reference to how it was found, what it cost to build and get up on the history behind it as well as a link to the car chase scene it was in with a helicopter.
A link will take you to an Helen Mirren interview from last Thursday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno that also includes a short clip of part of the Exige S chase scene from the film:http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/helen-mirren-part-2/n38766/ .
RED 2 opens in theaters nationwide this Thursday, July 18 at 7pm.