10:47 pm - 12/28/2013

Idris Elba meets Finnish rally driving champ Ari Vatanen in documentary

He’s back in Europe to fulfil a life-long ambition of learning how to become a rally driver and he’s found a bit of an admirer.

As well as James Cracknell and Ben Fogle, there’s another even more unlikely bromance brewing in the second part of the Luther star’s motor-racing documentary.

He’s back in Europe to fulfil a life-long ambition of learning how to become a rally driver and he’s found a bit of an admirer in Finnish rally driving champ Ari Vatanen.

“You look beautiful, handsome even,” Ari, 61, tells him when they meet before he spends the rest of the episode trying to persuade Idris to join him in the sauna.

Ari – a member of the European Parliament – is a character and, like James Cracknell, he almost died in a serious crash in 1985.

His philosophy on treating life like a rally course makes this film a bit more thoughtful than your average episode of Top Gear.

Ari brushes away Idris’s boast he can become a professional rally driver in three years. “He makes classic mistakes of the beginner,” says Ari.

And that’s before Idris rolls the car he’s driving with Ari’s son Max in the passenger seat.

Episode 1

Episode 2


Mainly an excuse to post about this documentary tbh. Did anybody else catch it? I thought it was so nice; I'm not even that into cars but I really enjoyed this, especially how honest he is about his passions and his insecurities while training for the rally course. The part in Finland made me laugh a lot, because I've been there with British people before and Idris' reaction is exactly the same as theirs was when it was (naked) sauna time.

Mods, the original title was too long, so I shortened it.
nene718 28th-Dec-2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
two hours tho?
zimraphel 28th-Dec-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Two hours of Idris? I don't see the problem.

To be fair, I wouldn't be watching this if it didn't have Idris in it. But it's worth watching if you're an Idris fan.
nene718 28th-Dec-2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
this is true
therearewords 28th-Dec-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
I missed it because of Christmas dinner :( Sounds like I have something to watch tomorrow.

Edited at 2013-12-28 10:15 pm (UTC)
zimraphel 28th-Dec-2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
I posted the full episodes behind the cut!
therearewords 28th-Dec-2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, I thought I edited fast enough ;)
zimraphel 28th-Dec-2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah I noticed the notification mail after I replied. Anyway enjoy when you watch it tomorrow!
spiderboris 28th-Dec-2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Vatanen doing his ridiculous hill climb at Pikes Peak...
driving with one hand and shielding eyes from the sun with other.. no problem

Edited at 2013-12-28 10:22 pm (UTC)
prophecypro 28th-Dec-2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Idris loves doing these documentary projects
die2nitelive4ev 28th-Dec-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
I want to do a cannonball run so badly. I loved his enthusiasm (especially coming from a motor enthusiastic house)
shadowpiranha 28th-Dec-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
Me too, that's what really got me. His face of pure bliss driving the prohibition era car? Oh man.
shadowpiranha 28th-Dec-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
I watched the first episode last night and I had a fucking blast. Not only is it all Idris all the time it has cars in it, which I kind of adore too.
lefteyepni 29th-Dec-2013 12:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. My hubby and I are gear heads, but I'm not feeling well enough to deal with the noise and lifting my head...he on the other hand is watching it as we speak. Thanks op
loveumbrella 29th-Dec-2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
this dude comes to finland and i am not even aware what is this bullshit
and i apologize for our national habit of pressuring people into a dark, hot room while butt naked.
zimraphel 29th-Dec-2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Aw, don't apologize! I love the Finnish sauna traditions. I studied in Helsinki for a while and while I must admit it was a bit of a culture shock when we spent our 'introduction night' drinking beers naked with our professors in the sauna, I got used to it quite quickly. Before long I was doing smoke sauna sessions and rolling around naked in the snow. It was awesome! Even the English guys came around in the end. I did stick to separate female sauna sessions, though. Mixed saunas would be a bit too awkward even for me, although I know a lot of my Finnish friends don't have a problem with it.
loveumbrella 29th-Dec-2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Haha you deserve some honorary award for enjoying that.
I'm just half-embarrassed and half-amused by the people who think it's nbd for everyone (esp. foreigners) to go to sauna after knowing them for 5 minutes. Like yes hi nice to meet you now let's get naked and go to a dark room and whip each other with tree sticks, then jump around in the snow.
I mean why the fuck not, but everyone gives you weird looks when you're not into that stuff (like me, I get nauseous so I always pass).
zimraphel 29th-Dec-2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Well, of course you'll get your share of stunned tourists, but TBH I think it's a nice incentive for people to stop taking themselves so seriously. Most people wouldn't even consider getting all hot and sweaty with a bunch of naked strangers until they see how common it is in Finland. Fat people, skinny people, pretty people, ugly people, young people, old people - everybody goes into the sauna together and DGAF. Ari in this video was so Finnish to me. Stoic as shit until he cracks open a beer and heads for the sauna. That basically describes every Finnish person I ever met. Except you, I guess! I can imagine it must be tough being a non-sauna going Finn, damn. You must get shit for it all the time. My condolences!

(BTW, apart from the long dark winters, I love your country. I spent a winter up north and that was a bit too cold and dark for my taste, but Helsinki is gorgeous and I have this weird thing for Finnish men.)
loveumbrella 31st-Dec-2013 10:01 am (UTC)
Aw, it always warms my cold finnish heart to hear that other people like the country too (honestly, the usual question to foreigners is "why on earth did you come here of all the places?" because most young people just want to get OUT lol) but tbh I'll never not think that Helsinki is (one of) the best places there is - I could never move up north either, so bless those appr. 5 people who manage to live there.
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