The image of “The King of Cool,” ’60s/’70s actor Steve McQueen, has long been associated with fast cars. That Mustang in Bullitt may be McQueen’s most iconic car, but it was his role in 1971’s Le Mans that truly captured the passion the actor had for speed racers.
A documentary on the making of Le Mans, a fictionalized film version of the day-long French race, The Man & Le Mans digs behind the suave hipster persona of McQueen. Le Mans was an intensely chaotic production, and it ultimately flopped at the box office. Nonetheless, it was McQueen’s ultimate passion project (in the doc, McQueen’s ex-wife says making the film was “the most seminal moment of his life”) and would eventually achieve cult status among car fans.
Directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna and already a hit at Cannes, The Man & Le Mans includes found footage from the early ’70s with McQueen’s private recordings and new interviews with Le Mans crew and McQueen’s family. The film premieres in New York and L.A. (at the NoHo Laemmle) a week from Friday, with a VOD release on December 1. Find more info here and watch trailers for both movies below.