In his passion project Le Mans, Steve McQueen's character Michael Delaney famously says "Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting." Given McQueen was famously fond of speed—and actually won his class in the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring—it's not hard to also ascribe that philosophy to his personal life. 

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Though it didn't resonate with audiences in theaters in the years since its release, Le Mans has become a classic of gearhead cinema. The production, however, was legendarily troubled. Significant portions were shot sans script, and the plot takes a clear back seat to the roar of Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s, so the story suffers—even if the actual racing footage is some of the most gripping and authentic  rendered on film.

It's likely the tale of how the movie actually got made is likely far more intriguing than the on-screen narrative, and that's the story the forthcoming documentary McQueen: The Man and Le Mans wants to tell, and it should be a must-see for any fans of the iconic man and race.    

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The film won't be released until November, but the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans runs June 13th-14th, so fans looking to get a dose of on-track drama should make sure to tune in to catch the epic event which inspired the original film. Until then, you can watch the trailer above.  


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