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Morning Qualifying – Killing Your Idols With Kindness edition

Jennings R. Scroggs, Jr. March 24, 2011 Morning Qualifying 14 Comments
Between takes on the set of LeMans, McQueen's Porsche 917 gets a breather.

I'm just here to make Mr. McQueen look good!

Today would have been Steve McQueen’s 81st birthday.   Lately, certain corners of the internet have been pushing the McQueen brand for all they’re worth.   There have been articles about Steve’s Ferrari 250 Lusso, Steve’s Jaaaaguar XKSS, Steve’s Porsche 911, the Mustang Steve drove in Bullitt, Steve’s watch, Steve’s perfume,  Steve’s car accident, Steve’s motorcycle reviews, Steve’s sports car reviews, and yes…..Steve’s wedding tackle.

To me, and to some of you reading this, all this McQueen idolatry is creepy.  Really creepy. And I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to think that Steve would have found it creepy too.   Today, you’re going to see the Cult of McQueen in full movie star mode.  A celebration of a guy, who if his own mythos is to be believed, tried to get away from the Hollywood celebrity cult every chance he could.  They’ll be articles about the cars, his style, and more clips of Bullitt, LeMans, and The Great Escape than you can shake a dozen sticks at.  But we at Hooniverse, being the shit-stirrers cultured folks we are, choose to honor Mr. McQueen in a way he might have actually liked.  As an actor, who took his craft seriously; an actor who studied the Stanislavski method and studied under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.    So, here’s a clip of a hirsute Mr. McQueen in Arthur Miller’s adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play, “An Enemy of the People”.   Happy Birthday, Steve.

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  • Van Sarockin

    A toast of Brefass Scoth to the dear departed McQueen.

  • Feds_II

    Fucking Mesothelioma, always fucking with our shit.

  • acarr260

    RIP, Steve. Your love for the ladies was only rivaled by your love of cars… oh… and motorcycles… oh… and liquor.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com muthalovin

    I like Steve as much as the next car guy, but it is almost unreal the amount of posthuous stories, articles and praise that appears every week (hell, every day). I found one of his best rolls to be non-automobile related: Papillon, with a very young Dustin Hoffman. I highly recommend it.

    • scroggzilla

      I agree. Papillon is an excellent movie. I'd also recommend Junior Bonner, The Reivers and The Cincinnati Kid

      • http://www.muthalovin.com muthalovin

        Cincinnati Kid was very enjoyable. I will add The Reivers to my queue.

  • vwminispeedster

    The best part of waking up is not Folgers in your cup but Morning Qualifying with Mr. Scroggs.

    • Deartháir

      So say we all.

      Hell, I want to make that one of the Psalms in the Hoonitarian Hooniversalists bible.

  • Cynic

    The best celebrity articles are about their PUBLIC life, not their PRIVATE life. Inside information on their media works, that sort of stuff. Not what their penises look like, or what cars they drove their families around with, or where they ate lunch every day.

    RIP, McQueen. You are a paragon of automotive badassery.

    • P161911

      I'll admit the McQueen obsession can very easily be taken way to far (I REALLY DON'T want to see a picture of him taking a leak.), but part of it stems from the fact that his private life, unlike most celebrities, is actually VERY interesting. Just a few highlights:
      -son of a barnstorming pilot
      -ran away from home to join the circus
      -sent to reform school
      -merchant marine
      -janitor at a brothel
      -oil rigger
      -lumberjack
      -hero Marine, he went from the brig to guarding Truman's yacht.
      -after all that he became an actor
      -hobbies included: racing cars, racing motorcycles, playing with machine guns, and flying rare collectible planes

      Then there were the more common celebrity attributes of romance, affairs, drinking, and drug use. (With a conversion to Christianity shortly before his death.)

      There are many celebrities that have done things like this, but usually only one or two of these things. It is the whole package that makes McQueen's private life so interesting.

  • tonyola

    The reason J******* has the Steve obsession is that Megan Fox just isn't as sexy as she used to be.

    • http://www.hooniverse.com JeepyJayhawk

      No golden man tackle. That we know of.

      • tonyola

        Say what?

        • http://www.hooniverse.com JeepyJayhawk

          Megan Fox doesn't have golden man tackle, eg REDACTED has no interest.

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