Howard talks about why he wanted to direct the movie Rush, a film about Formula 1 racing in the 1970s:
The first movie I did that was inspired by true events was Apollo 13. We had a preview screening, and the audience comment cards were great. I was very excited. But suddenly I came to one that marked it ‘poor.’ In big giant letters the guy wrote, ‘More Hollywood bullshit. They would never survive!’ I realized then that’s the beauty of a true story.