Cool Steve McQueen + Cool Bullitt Mustang = Cool Times Infinity

Great commercial with a Field of Dreams – Bullitt combo punch.

Feel like some music to watch it by?

By the way, this is the famous Bullitt high speed chase scene borrowed from for the commercial. McQueen did his own driving in the scene. That, my friends, is cool.

Also I didn’t realize he was a Marine with all their glorious combativeness and honor.

In 1947, McQueen joined the United States Marine Corps and was quickly promoted to Private First Class and assigned to an armored unit. Initially, he reverted to his prior rebelliousness, and as a result was busted to Private on seven different occasions. Additionally, he went AWOL by failing to return after a weekend pass had expired. He instead stayed away with a girlfriend for two weeks, until the shore patrol caught him. He responded to his captors by resisting them and as a result spent 41 days in the brig.

After this, McQueen resolved to focus his energies on self-improvement and embraced the Marines’ discipline. He saved the lives of 5 other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea. He was also assigned to an honor guard responsible for guarding then-US President Harry Truman’s yacht. McQueen served until 1950 when he was honorably discharged.

There’s a ton of other interesting stuff about him at the Wiki site, including that he used drugs in his youth, he was a pallbearer for Bruce Lee and knew Chuck Norris, was a Republican and supported the Vietnam War, became a Christian in his later life, had Billly Graham visit him shortly before he died, and that he used to throw beer cans into his neighbor’s yard, that neighbor being Jame Garner. He was also offered and turned down lead roles in Dirty Harry, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

All that and much more make him cool.

Hat-tip to Three Donia for the first video.

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2 Comments

  1. Cool !!!

  2. Very! (what Eddie said)


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