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Friday, May 12, 2006

And Now – Michael Schumacher, Disney Actor

Schumacher set for the silver screen with Disney
Almost 15 years after his Formula One debut, seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher will be making a debut of a different kind on the same weekend as the Monaco Grand Prix.

The 37-year-old’s voice will be heard in a new animation movie from Disney titled 'Cars', in which he plays a cameo role as himself. Schumacher joins other legends of the silver screen and world of motorsport like Paul Newman, Richard Petty, Mario Andretti, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr in the cast of 'Cars'.

Schumacher found his first acting experience behind a microphone quite a challenge.

"When I first heard about this project, I was obviously hesitating as I am not at all good in acting or pretending I am somebody else, and as I have never done anything like this before,” he told “But on the other side, the story was so nice and the whole setting seemed so appealing."

“So we thought: okay, why not try, let’s just go and try it. It was quite difficult doing this, but at the same time it was a lot of fun as it was a totally new experience. And trying new things is always worth it.

“We had to stop several times, especially when I did the languages other than German and English, but in the end I hope it will come across well and the people will like it. For sure, it was a very interesting and funny thing to do."

'Cars' will stage its World Premiere at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 26th.

Directed by award-winner John Lasseter (“Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “A Bug’s Life”) with animation by Pixar Animation Studios (“The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.”), the movie tells the story of Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson).

He is 'a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed,' according to the official website, 'who discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs...'


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