Poignant “Iron Man 3” fact:
The scene of Pepper with Tony’s helmet (top), according to screenwriter Drew Pearce, was inspired by the heart-wrenching real-life scene of famed Brazilian Formula One race-car driver Ayrton Senna’s sister, Viviane, embracing his helmet (bottom) at Senna’s funeral in 1994 (he died in a terrible crash in Imola, Italy during a Grand Prix race).
Senna was a hero in Brazil, and his death was considered to be a national tragedy.
Last week I went to see the Senna documentary/film. It is easily one of the most beautiful, insightful and moving pieces of film I have ever had the pleasure of watching. I grew up watching F1 and I remember the events surrounding his death quite vividly, despite only being a kid at the time, so it’s amazing being able to see ‘behind closed doors’ at these events so to speak.
I felt inspired make my own poster tribute: