Le Mans in the rearview mirror
The Man. The Legend. “The King of Cool.” For decades, Steve McQueen has captured our hearts and imaginations. His canon of films is filled with classic movies such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon and The Towering Inferno. But his career was almost derailed by a doomsday pet project that took nearly a decade to come to fruition: the ill-fated Le Mans. As it stands, Le Mans is the most discussed, debated, examined and beloved auto racing film of all-time, which is mind-boggling if the initial reviews of the movie are read. But ask any motoring aficionado or petrol head what is their favorite racing movie of all-time, and nine times out of ten it will be Le Mans with an exclamation point. Now Don Nunley, the property master on the 106-minute film, and Marshall Terrill, the star’s preeminent biographer, reveals the true story of the macho actor and the movie in Steve McQueen: Le Mans in the Rearview Mirror. Featuring hundreds of never-before-seen color photos of the superstar in his prime and a lively narrative, Steve McQueen: Le Mans in the Rearview Mirror is an indispensible book on auto racing’s most respected film, Le Mans (1971) and one of cinema’s most beloved stars.