While we normally try to avoid joining the rest of the world in cashing in on Steve McQueen‘s image, this interview, from the August 23, 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated, is just too good to not share. Utterly devoid of the crushing sense of self consciousness that defines postmodern media, the magazine is free to indulge in a raging man crash both visually and in prose. We’d never get away with running shirtless shots of a male idol in a men’s magazine in 2010 just like describing a mountain as “a dying brontosaurus” would elicit nothing but groans. McQueen’s stories, too, are devoid of the hyperbole and myth necessary to give today’s leading men the illusion of manhood. Here’s the interview in its entirety. >
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