Friday, August 30, 2013
Shelby Super Snake brings a little Texas muscle to new movie
The car company is named after Carroll Shelby, a native Texan whose family still resides in Plano.
PLANO When After Dark Films needed to cast a high performance car for their action thriller Getaway, they tapped the iconic Ford Shelby GT 500 Super Snake built by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. The legendary muscle car will appear on the silver screen with Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez this Friday, when Warner Bros. opens Getaway nationwide.
Two genuine Shelby GT 500 Super Snakes were used to make the film. One was driven in scenes filmed on location in Bulgaria, while the other was taped for audio recording in Los Angeles. The film's director and producer, Courtney Solomon, made the decision to use a Shelby, whose namesake hails from Texas.
"Since Getaway takes place in a foreign country, I felt strongly that we needed the quintessential American muscle car with enough power to shine with Ethan and Selena," Solomon said. "With 725 horsepower, amazing capabilities and great looks, the Ford Shelby GT 500 Super Snake was idea for this 'role.' Our film hasn't even opened yet but the tremendous interest in Getaway by car enthusiasts was impressive. We look forward to taking audiences on the ride of their lives in the Shelby Super Snake."
The film is a gritty, heart-pounding thriller in which former race car driver, Brent Magna (Hawk), is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time at the command of a mysterious villain holding his wife hostage.
"We were pleased when the filmmakers chose the Shelby GT 500 Super Snake for their movie," said Tracey Smith, president of Carroll Shelby Licensing. "Over the years, Shelby cars have become a pop culture symbol of the American spirit and performance. The majority of Shelbys featured in past films were built in the '60s, so we're thrilled that Getaway includes a modern model to illustrate how the brand continues to push the boundaries of power and performance today."
A native Texan, Carroll Shelby's sons and grandsons now live in Dallas. Carroll's youngest son, Patrick Shelby, has served as chairman of the LegacyTexas Bank board of directors for more than 25 years. Patrick's son and Carroll's eldest grandson, Aaron Shelby, is currently the executive VP of LegacyTexas Bank in Plano.
Carroll Shelby died in May 2012 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
Getaway opens Friday in theaters and is rated PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures and language. For information about Shelby cars, visit carrollshelby.com.
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