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Chad McQueen – Steve McQueen the Man and Le Mans #Cannes2015

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The son of the king of cool recalls the days of the production of the 1971 film “Le Mans”.

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Chad McQueen – Son of Steve McQueen – Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans

FRED’s Matt Micucci meets Chad McQueen, son of the Hollywood legend and actor Steve McQueen, to mark the screening of the documentary Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans in the Cannes Classics section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Chad talks with us about the intensity of the tumultuous production of the 1971 film Le Mans, and about the film’s legacy. He also shares with us his opinion on his father’s love for fast cars and motor racing and where it might have come from.

On top of that, he also tells us about his own journey in the production of the documentary, revisiting personal events that affected his life and the life of his family at the time, including his parents’ divorce and the birth of his love of motor racing right there on the Le Mans race track.

STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN AND LE MANS: ‘If we are going to do this, we are going to do it right. No bullshit, no clever twists. It has to be pure and about one race – Le Mans.’ By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood.

Hot off the back of classics like ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ and ‘Bullitt’ he could do no wrong. Now the aspiring mogul and racing fanatic could do the movie that was his life’s passion. The making of the film changed his life forever.

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans interweaves stunning newly discovered footage and voice recordings with original interviews. It is the true story of how a cinema legend would risk almost everything in pursuit of his dream.

Obsession. Betrayal. Vindication. ‘You must carry your film all the way through to the end. You can’t give up and you can’t let a thing go.’ Steve McQueen


  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Chad McQueen
  • Interviewee role
    Son of Steve McQueen
  • Film title
    Steve McQueen the man and le mans
  • Festival section
    Cannes Classics
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