You must also be handsome, charming,sexy, exotic, fight back from adversity and if you wouldn’t mind die young so your memory is not sullied by the banality of middle-age.
That is all us spectators want. Just your life.
Ayrton Senna obliged us by doing everything anyone could ask of a sporting hero. Consequently he’s the subject of the unsurprisngly named ‘Senna’, a gripping documentary which uses nothing but found footage to piece together the life of Formula One’s most gifted star
The film charts the rise of Senna from Go-Kart world champion to his demise on the track at Imola at just 34.
Of course every hero needs a villian and this is provided in the form of bent-nosed, gallic troll Alain Prost, who’s Machiavellian, intensely political nature is exposed during the film.
It’s this meeting of opposites that gives the film a narrative arc that ends in the tragic death of Senna, due to the mechanical failure of his malfunctioning Williams car.
The scenes of weeping crowds meeting his coffin in Sao Paolo make us realize the Senna was more than just sports star, he was a national hero who emboided the spirit of Brazil in both the way he lived and the way he drove.