How many things can you do really well? I mean, laudable activities that are valued by yourself and others, not just armpit farts and Mario Kart? Paul Newman was one of those people who seemed to be good at everything he tried. Newman was first and foremost a solid actor, winning a best actor Oscar for his role in the Scorsese-helmed The Color of Money. On top of that he was a laudable entrepreneur-philanthropist, creating the Newman’s Own foundation which has donated more than $450 million to charities since 1982. In between those seemingly full-time activities, he also became a respected racing driver and team owner.
Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman chronicles Newman’s 35-year journey from neophyte racer, spinning his Datsun more often than crossing the finish line, all the way to his class-win at Le Mans, a career capper. The briskly edited film was co-directed by Adam Carolla and Nate Adams, and features interviews with Newman associates and friends, including actors Robert Redford, Patrick Dempsey, Robert Wagner, and Jay Leno. Racers also provide remembrances of Newman, including his close friends Mario Andretti, Bob Bondurant, John Morton, and Sam Posey.
Newman died in 2008 of lung cancer at age 83. Sometimes when famous people pass away their skeletons start tumbling out of the closet, tarnishing their reputation. That’s not been the case with Paul Newman, who in every of his endeavors has been described as warm, humble, and committed. Check out how those attributes contributed to his successful racing career in the trailer for Winning, right after the jump.
Great news! Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman is available for streaming on Amazon Prime. It’s also available for rental from many of the usual suspects for cheap.