The wife of Michael Schumacher gave her approval for an emotional scene to be included in a new documentary about his life.
The Netflix film Schumacher , which was released on September 15, details the F1 legend's early life, incredible F1 career, and the harrowing circumstances following his skiing accident in 2013.
The 52-year-old was left with long-term head injuries after an incident while on holiday in the French Alps, and prior to the documentary his family had never spoken publicly about his health.
In one scene in particular, his wife Corinna struggles to contain her emotions as she talks about the impact his condition has had on her life.
However, Netflix have released production notes, which includes an interview with co-producers Benjamin Seikel and Vanessa Nocker, explaining Corinna herself approved of both the scene and the film as a whole.
"When we showed the film to the family I didn’t know how she would deal with it, admitted Seikel.
"But we hoped that she would see it as a sign of strength. And she did. She found the scene simply authentic and said ‘that’s what I’m like’."
Nocker added: "She is a very warm, strong woman and impressed us with her openness and honesty.
"Totally straight-forward. She sticks to everything she says."
Seiker said the main purpose of the film was not to dwell on Schumacher's accident, but to depict the strength the family are showing.
"We said from the beginning that the accident should not be the centre of the film.
"We wanted to make a timeless documentary that doesn’t reflect the current events but shows how everybody is dealing with the circumstances. This can give strength to many people."
Nocker also described the cohesion of the family as "remarkable."
While Netflix had full creative control over the film, Seiker said there was a verbal agreement in place with the Schumacher family to cut out any scenes they found disturbing.
"We had the agreement that we were in control and creatively independent," he said.
"Otherwise we wouldn’t have made the film. But we also had a gentlemen’s agreement. We had promised the family that, in case they say something in an interview that later they aren’t happy about, we would cut it out and destroy it."
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