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Le Nevez looks at what drove Peter Brock

AAP logoAAP 7/10/2016 Danielle McGrane

Some people have a story that's destined to end up in a movie.

That's certainly the case for the late Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock, whose extraordinary life will soon be brought to the small screen with actor Matt Le Nevez in the title role.

"He was a complex man who backed his heart and I think it's an honour to be able to step in his racing shoes just for one day," Le Nevez said.

"To now try and share his story with the rest of Australia, and maybe get some more people to get to know him, I think it's a real honour and a real privilege."

The Offspring actor, entrusted with re-creating Brock for the Network Ten miniseries, spent four months preparing and studying his mannerisms in an attempt to emulate him.

But after perfecting his speech and his walk, he found out being a mimic wasn't really in the job description.

"The director pulled me aside and he said, 'Matt, we're not doing impersonations. This is not going to be a normal Australian biopic. I don't need to see you pretend to be Brockie'," he said.

Instead, the actor looked at Brock from the inside out to understand the passion and drive of the man who was nicknamed the King of the Mountain for winning the Bathurst 1000 race nine times - a record that's yet to be beaten.

The miniseries charts Brock's life from his early years on the circuit and his long relationship with Holden to his gamble on the Energy Polariser, which nearly destroyed his career.

The device stemmed from Brock's belief in orgone energy, and contained crystals and magnets that were inserted in the car, which he believed would help align its molecules.

Brock putting his faith in crystals seemed crazy to some at the time, but Le Nevez admires him for sticking to what he believed in.

"He backed his heart. He was never afraid of doing what he thought was right even though it might have been the hardest choice at the time," Le Nevez said.

"Most people would back down. That's the mark of a true champion - someone who says, 'I believe in this and I'm going to do this', and that's amazing."

Brock died while competing in a race near Perth in 2006, aged 61, and Le Nevez is acutely aware his portrayal of Brock will be particularly poignant for his friends and family.

"Ultimately, I did not know him. And ultimately some of his family and friends might be uncomfortable to watch some of this, but I do hope they can look beyond that and see that we're trying to share their loved one and keep his legacy going and keep that name alive," Le Nevez said.

* Brock airs on Network Ten on Sunday at 8.30pm and continues on Monday at 9pm.

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