“I’ll never be as good an actor as I want to be. But I’ll be good.” ~Steve McQueen
A little over a month ago, I didn’t understand what was so special about Steve McQueen. I’d seen him in only one role – as the surly, taciturn Reese in Hell Is For Heroes – and he hadn’t made much of a good impression on me. And then I watched The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven and those two films changed my opinion of McQueen entirely. Not to mention Wanted: Dead or Alive, a show that is one of the wonderful, nearly forgotten gems of 60’s television. Now it’s not like I have a major crush on Steve McQueen or anything like that (one of the main reasons I never idolize actors or actresses is because if you start digging into their past, you usually find out they’ve done some pretty rotten things), but he is a fantastic actor, and I don’t see anything wrong with acknowledging that fact. I don’t have much time today for writing a blog post, so I’ll just be sharing a few favorite pictures/video clips that I’ve rounded up in my browsing this last month.
After all, to use an old cliché, a picture is worth a thousand words.
(This bit never fails to put a grin on my face.)
(“I took a job in a grocery store. Fella says I’ll make a crackerjack clerk. Crackerjack.”)
(THE JUMP OVER THE WIRE. SO. EPIC.)
(This just might be my favorite scene in the whole film.)
(This is mostly Chris’ scene, but it’s the little things Vin does in the background that make all the difference.)
Now I’m off to watch some of those clips I just shared with all of you, along with watching Wanted: Dead or Alive later on tonight with my sister. Because nothing is better than watching Steve McQueen play a lonely, honourable bounty hunter with a sense of humour and an impossibly epic scatter gun. (I wasn’t able to embed the video of the Season 1 opening credits, but if you’re a McQueen fan, you need to at least watch that, if not a full episode or two. The way he rips the poster off the window and then glares at the camera? *faints*)
(Fun fact: Today is also the anniversary of the real Great Escape. How cool is that?)
P.S. I’d like to point out that the theme for The Great Escape not only fits the movie perfectly, but also Hilts’ character and, by extension, Steve McQueen himself.
P.P.S. Read this post. It’s beautiful.