Steve McQueen admits his Great Escape motorcycle jump isn’t what it seems: ‘I’ve always felt guilty’ | movies | entertainment

Tonight is the last episode of Channel 5‘s ‘The Great EscapeThe series airs at 9 pm. The show details the real-life events that inspired the Hollywood movie. During world war 2As part of a mission to wreak havoc in the heart of the Third Reich, 76 men boldly dug a tunnel outside a Nazi POW camp.

This evening’s Channel 5 program explores the dramatic moment in which a guard spotted the 77th man trying to escape, and the subsequent hunt for the fugitives.

Offering a fictional version of the event, the 1963 film cemented the escape as one of the most memorable stories of World War II, while propelling some of the cast to stardom.

“The Great Escape,” which became one of the highest-grossing films of the year, featured now legendary Hollywood stars including James Garner, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence and Mr. McQueen.

The mysterious Mr. McQueen took center stage in the film’s infamous motorcycle chase and jump scene, considered one of the greatest stunts of the movie ever.

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However, in an interview that caught on, the Hollywood icon revealed that he didn’t make the 60-foot jump.

Mr. McQueen had just started riding off-road bikes at the time and wasn’t up to the task.

Instead, it was his longtime friend and double body Bud Ekins.

As Hagerti reported, Mr. McQueen once explained: “I have always felt some guilt about it.

He recounted that once, when the cameras stopped turning, Mr. McQueen, James Coburn, and Mr. Bronson all attempted to jump with the help of a ramp dug into the hill which Mr. Eakins also used.

Steve McQueen, who was a known daredevil, was also a more talented driver than most of the people on set, and even dressed up as an SS for some scenes to “chase” himself.

Mr. Akins is quoted in Matt Stone’s 2007 book The McQueen Machines as saying: “Steve has done a lot of riding himself.

“I didn’t really do much of it.

“Anything that might get hurt in him, that’s what I did, but all the other things when you see him going by, he did it all by himself and was having a lot of fun with it.

“There is a chase sequence where the Germans are after him and he was a much better rider than they were that he just ran away from them.

“And you’re not going to slow him down.

So they put on a German uniform on him and he chased after himself.

“I rode as a German soldier too, but he chased himself a few times in the movie.”

“McQueen Machines” was written by Matt Stone and published by Motorbooks in 2007. Available Here.

Watch The Great Escape broadcast on Channel 5 at 9 PM tonight.

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