Steve McQueen's story coming to the big theater this September
Logos Post News Desk - RIVERSIDE, Calif. – For many years, just the name Steve McQueen, the highest-paid actor of his era in Hollywood, meant cool. Yet few people know that late in his life, the star of now-legendary films such as BULLITT, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and THE GREAT ESCAPE began a spiritual journey that led to Christian faith.
On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. local time, McQueen’s little-known story unfolds in movie theaters nationwide for a one-night event, STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON.
“It’s wildly ironic that one of the world’s most well-known men did something important that most people are unaware of,” says Harvest Ministries’ Greg Laurie, event host. “STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON documents a top star’s exodus from a world of fame and fortune to search for meaning, truth and significance.”
Filmmakers Jon and Andy Erwin (WOODLAWN) direct STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON, presented by American Icon Films LLC and Fathom Events. Laurie, driving his mint replica of McQueen’s classic Ford Mustang from BULLITT, leads audiences into the little-known heart of his hero. Like McQueen, Laurie also survived a troubled childhood.
STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON moves through in-depth interviews with McQueen’s wife, model Barbara Minty McQueen, and debuts her candid photographs from McQueen’s last years. Interviews also feature Academy Award®-winning actor Mel Gibson, renowned stuntman Stan Barrett, celebrated McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill, actors Barbara Leigh and Mel Novak, and the pilots who taught Steve to fly.
In addition to the 110-minute documentary, STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON showcases a message from Laurie and a performance by leading contemporary Christian band MercyMe.
“We couldn’t pass up being part of a film that honors a true American legend and tells a story of a redemption,” MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard said.