Video: Bullitt; Steve McQueen’s Commitment to Reality
If you have ever seen what most consider to be the greatest car chase in movie history, then you are most likely familiar with the American actor Steve McQueen’s appreciation for reality, which is why he insisted on filming the motion picture’s iconic chase scene between McQueen’s 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and a black shotgun wielding 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum where both cars go flying through the air in San Francisco and then end up trading paint at over 100 MPH on nearby open roads. This short film from 1968 highlights McQueen’s commitment to reality in the 1968 film Bullitt.
Chase scene after the jump.
A few fun facts about McQueen:
- McQueen got his big break in the 1958 horror film The Blob.
- In 1963 McQueen only agreed to act in the film The Great Escape if a sequence of motorcycle stunts were added to show off his riding skills
- McQueen once slapped actress Ali MacGraw for real while filming The Getaway because he wanted to get the shot done in one take.
Source: Auto Focus