It’s a blast from the past! A 5-minute film titled ‘The Most Beautiful Things In The World’ will open NBC’s Rio Olympics today, Aug. 5, and you can WATCH a clip from the epic film, which honors former Olympians such as Bruce Jenner and Muhammad Ali. Take a look!
Let the games begin! In the NBC Olympics opening film, via our sister site Deadline, dozens of Olympians are featured. We’re treated to vintage shots of Bruce Jenner and Muhammad Ali, plus more recent footage of medalists Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito narrates the short, and we’re shown “the sights, sounds, beauty and vibe of the Brazilian metropolis and the around 11,000 Olympians and 207 nations who are officially competing”. So cool!
“Here in Brazil, the passion for celebration somehow always prevails,” Esposito says in a voiceover. “Ever growing, never ending. A search for the next song, the next beat, the next instant to exalt in the sheer glory of life. Because on these streets, a party is not just ritual. It’s a pathway to hope.” Esposito’s intense narration is layered over clips of the celebration of Carnival, as Rio locals play instruments and dance in the streets while wearing elaborate costumes.
“There’s no better way to begin our primetime coverage of the Rio Olympics than with this invigorating and colorful portrait of Brazil and the world’s greatest athletes,” NBC exec Mark Levy told Deadline. “Giancarlo’s interpretation of the narrative is the perfect guide to take viewers through this inspiring look at Rio, and the journey of so many of the athletes that viewers will be watching over the next 17 days.” We can’t wait to see the full film!
HollywoodLifers, are you pumped that the Olympics are officially kicking off tonight? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to!