GOOD SPORT: Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom.
GOOD SPORT: Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom.

Movie rev-up

V8 SUPERCAR driver Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom is looking forward to the day his now four-week-old son Oliver can sit up beside him and watch Disney’s Cars 2.

He said the moment Oliver realised his dad’s voice was coming from the movie would be very special.

I can’t wait to say, ‘That’s your old man on the big screen’,” Mark said.

"He won’t understand that for a while, but one day he’ll know.”

he racing superstar is lucky enough to have had one of the cars in the film named after him.

The Frosty character will be decked out in Aussie colours and marks the first time in Australia that a sporting hero has been given a voice role.

The story of Cars 2 sees Lightning McQueen invited to compete in the World Grand Prix to race against the fastest cars in the world in three fantastic locations: the UK, Italy and Japan.

The launch party event is where our character Frosty will meet up with Lightning as the Australian representative for the big race.

Mark said the voice role was an awesome opportunity that came once in a lifetime.

“Seeing the character on the big screen for the first time will be an amazing feeling,” he said. “I’m a huge fan of the original Cars. It is a movie I’ve watched countless times and I just can’t wait for Cars 2.”

Mark said he had not needed much in the way of preparation for the role.

He said while he wasn’t in the studio for long, his time there was intense.

“I couldn’t do much to get ready for my role,” he said.

“But once I got in there, I realised it wasn’t as easy as I thought to lip-sync.

“I don’t think people who do the voices for movies like this get enough credit.

“It is harder than you think.”

Lip-synching took the V8 Supercar racer out of his comfort zone and Mark said competing was a lot easier.

At the moment, his life is a massive balancing act of fatherhood and racing.

The V8 Supercar season has just kicked off and he said he was feeling pumped even though he was functioning on hardly any sleep.

“It is an adjustment,” he said.

“Being new to fatherhood and a part of the team is a challenge.

“But I am getting used to living on no sleep.

“It is all worth it, though, it in the end.”

Mark said that when he first started racing as a child, he never would have thought he would be in the V8 Supercar racing team. Nor did he think he would have picked up a cameo in a Walt Disney Studios animated film.

“I am living out a childhood dream,” he said.  

“I used to watch Disney movies as a kid and pretend I was one of the characters.”

He said if his racing career ever failed, he would love to take to the big screen.

“We’ll just have to see what the future brings.”

Cars 2 will be in cinemas in June.

>> Movie timetable


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