German magazine in trouble after saying Schumacher now looks like Niki Lauda
In that scene, a callous reporter asks Lauda (inset, left) if he thinks his marriage can survive following his disfigurement. Lauda responds in a manner we can't print here, while Hunt, who's standing by watching the press conference, calls the reporter into a side room and promptly beats him senseless. We don't generally advocate violence, but upon hearing this news, we wouldn't be upset if Chris Hemsworth delivered a similar treatment to the editors of German parody magazine Titanic.
The magazine tastelessly put a picture of Lauda on its cover, claiming it was the first image of F1 driver Michael Schumacher (inset, right) following a tragic skiing accident that has left him in a coma for the past month. The title read, "Exclusive – First Photo After The Accident – This is how badly it affected Schumi." Suffice it to say, the real Niki Lauda, pictured with Schumacher in the inset image, is not pleased with the comparison.
"It is an absolute barefaced cheek and is completely impious. I ask myself, 'who would print such a load of rubbish'?" the three-time F1 World Champion told the UK's Daily Express.
In addition to the photo, the editors ran a number of crass features on Schumacher, including a puzzle of the injured driver in a helmet and a "fun and games" section designed to help parents explain Schumacher's accident to kids.
Schumacher remains in a coma, although doctors have begun reducing his sedative levels in an attempt to wake the seven-time World Champion. Patients that spend extended amounts of time in a coma can be subject to memory loss and personality issues, as well as more severe mental deficits. Some never emerge, remaining in a permanent vegetative state.
Lauda is reportedly considering legal action following publication of the issue.
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