Fans who miss seeing Sean Carrigan as Stitch on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can catch the handsome actor on the big screen playing real-life racecar driver Walt Hansgen in the new movie Ford v Ferrari, premiering on Friday, Nov. 15! “This is probably my first time playing a real person,” Carrigan admitted to Soaps In Depth. “I did a little research. He was a helluva racer who raced the circuit all the way back to Watkins Glen and worked is way all the way up to racing on the Ford team at Le Mans.”
The story centers around an engineer and race car driver played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale who work to help Ford defeat Ferrari at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race. “They were both extremely professional and really cool,” Carrigan said of his co-stars. “I shot over in France with Christian Bale and that was at the beginning of the photography of the film. They shot in France for a week. And then in the last few weeks, we shot out in Fontana, CA at the racetrack there. It was when the Dodgers were playing the Red Sox in the World Series, so Matt Damon and I were going back and forth about it because he’s a Red Sox fan and I was going for the Dodgers. So in between takes, we were talking smack to each other about the World Series. It was fun!”
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In addition to working with talented actors like Damon and Bale, Carrigan was excited to get behind the wheel of a race car… even if he wasn’t actually driving it! “It was incredible!” he enthused. “What they do is they put you in what’s called a biscuit. You’re in an actual race car, but the front axle is attached to the rear of a turbo-charged truck that’s being controlled by an actual race car driver.
“So they put four cameras on the hood so it looks like I’m driving,” Carrigan continued. “And then all the other races are racing around me and we all have headsets. Everything is choreographed and you can hear the stunt coordinator calling out orders saying, ‘We’re going to go high up on this turn, and then you come down low…’ It’s like he’s directing a little auto symphony, you know? It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever done. It was extremely exhilarating.”
Check out this trailer for Ford v Ferrari and then head to the theaters to see the Y&R alum on the big screen!
For more on your favorite Y&R stars — past and present — keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.