By Indiewire | Indiewire November 21, 2005 at 10:15AM
Stand back, derby watchers! Making a last-minute dash onto the best actor track is wily old Anthony Hopkins, riding a 1920 Kiwi motorcycle at record speed. Hopkins is so determined to break into that Oscar race that he and Magnolia Pictures "are screening the hell" out of "The World's Fastest Indian," according to Pete Hammond, who moderates many of Variety's screenings. "The World's Fastest Indian" is the real-life story of a 72-year-old New Zealand man who spends his retirement building an Indian motorcycle that he takes, without much funding or a support team, to race in Utah, where he sets a new land-speed record that still stands today. Magnolia plans to give the film a qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York theaters the week of Dec. 9, then open it wide nationally on Feb. 4. Tom O'Neil reports.