“Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” Premieres In Los Angeles

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November 12, 2015 –The eagerly anticipated documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans had its Los Angeles premiere last night at the Laemmle Noho 7 Theater in North Hollywood.

The film is the story of the making of Steve McQueen’s pet project, the movie Le Mansabout the 24 hour-long endurance race which takes place each year in France. The film has since become a cult favorite but upon it release was poorly reviewed and a financial failure. It had been a labor of love for the actor who was riding high in Hollywood at the time and used his clout to push the project through. But the production never came together, and shooting began without an approved script. McQueen, an avid race car driver, wanted a movie about car racing; the production company wanted a love story.

Before filming had ended, one driver had lost a leg from an accident; Steve McQueen’s wife Neile Adams McQueen had left him over the affair he had with his leading lady; his air of invincibility (as an actor) was somewhat dimmed; and his pet project had been taken away from him. 

For the opening, Porsche lined the street outside of the theater with cars similar to those seen in the film. A 911 Turbo Cab, a silver Boxster S and a 917 racing car (loaned by Jerry Seinfeld) covered the front of the theater.

Chad McQueen, Steve’s son, and Neile Adams McQueen, both of whom were interviewed for the film, attended the opening, as did John McKenna, one of the directors. Representing FilmRise, who acquired the U.S. rights to the film, was company President Jack Fisher.

The film will open theatrically in Los Angeles and New York on November 13.
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