Bad news for Aussies wanting to order a Hummer EV. The electric pick-up is heading to Sydney for a movie remake of TV show The Fall Guy.
As reported in May 2022, Sydney is playing host to a feature-length remake of 1980s cult TV show The Fall Guy, with Gosling to play the main character Colt Seavers – a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter.
Seavers famously drove a GMC in the original series, reportedly jumping his pick-up some 33 times during the series, destroying a number of vehicles behind-the-scenes before a mid-engine stunt car was built for the job.
General Motors has confirmed to Drive the Hummer EV was air-freighted to Australia this week for an upcoming movie, but will be returned to the US after production ends in a few months, along with a number of GMC Sierra pick-ups.
While the idea of seeing Ryan Gosling race around Sydney (on closed roads) in a 746kW electric Hummer is exciting for some, the news unfortunately puts to bed any prospect of the vehicle being brought here for local evaluation and conversion – for now.
“There are some GMC Hummer EVs and GMC Sierras currently in Australia that are part of filming for an upcoming movie,” a spokesperson for General Motors told Drive.
“[The vehicles] will be in Australia for the next few months as part of the filming process. We have not confirmed EVs or the GMC brand for Australia or New Zealand and don’t have any announcements to share at this time.”
Given the GMC is so closely associated with The Fall Guy, it’s likely General Motors has a product placement deal with the production – a common practice in Hollywood which sees the protagonist drive one brand of car, while their enemies struggle to keep up in outdated models from the brand’s competitors.
As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald in May 2022, The Fall Guy is receiving $30 million in arts grants from the Federal Government and $14.5 million from the NSW Government – also a common practice in modern cinema – with the former Federal arts minister Paul Fletcher expecting the production to inject $244 million into the Australian economy.
The Fall Guy will be directed by David Leitch, who also directed Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, Deadpool 2, and Bullet Train, and co-directed the original John Wick.
This isn’t the first time Gosling has played a stunt driver on screen, with his quiet depiction of an unnamed main character in the 2011 film which shares its name with this publication: Drive.
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