Watch Craig Ferguson and Quentin Tarantino dish on iconic war epic ‘The Great Escape’
In the waning days of Craig Ferguson’s brilliant 10-year late night deconstruction project, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the mischievous Scottish comedian welcomed über passionate Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino, whose vast knowledge of classic cinema is borderline savant territory, for his fifth and final visit.
Tearing up the traditional blue index cards with suggested interview topics devised by a segment producer and publicist — a rebellious gesture that current late night hosts like Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon seem incapable of implementing for fear of losing A-list guests — Ferguson uttered a surprising revelation. He considers iconic war epic The Great Escape , directed by John Sturges and starring Steve McQueen, to be his favorite film. As the proprietor of the New Beverly Cinema historic revival house, Tarantino was then screening a 35mm print of Papillon  from McQueen’s personal archive containing 20 previously unseen minutes.
Without breaking a sweat the controversial Kill Bill mastermind grabbed the ball from Ferguson and excitedly recalled his childhood tradition of catching NBC’s annual two-part screening of the nearly three-hour World War II drama which also made bankable stars of James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough, and James Garner.
Watch the complete, freewheeling 12-minute conversation below emphasizing the duo’s admiration for the undisputed King of Cool, who received an Oscar nomination for The Sand Pebbles and a Golden Globe nod for Papillon but never took home either trophy.
An ‘American Shaolin’ in the presence of the unbelievably charismatic Craig Ferguson
“Bruce Lee: A Life” author Matthew Polly relives his sole late night visit — being interviewed on “The Late Late Show…
When TV's Craig Ferguson dropped by 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' after a 14-year sabbatical
Uncover Peabody-winning stand-up comic Craig Ferguson's engaging second appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"…
A little girl’s dream: Being on the ‘Tom Horn’ film set with Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen’s widow Barbara Minty grants a scoop interview about the halcyon months she spent in Arizona during the…
The goodness of Steve McQueen’s heart: On the set of final film ‘The Hunter’
Barbara Minty McQueen was there. Indeed, she came face to face with future husband Steve McQueen in July 1977 after…
A rose among the thorns: Faith and healing with Steve McQueen’s widow
An interview with Steve McQueen’s salt of the earth widow Barbara Minty covers Christianity, paparazzi, marriage, Santa…
The complex, contradictory Steve McQueen was one of cinema’s greatest icons
“Steve McQueen: In His Own Words” compiler Marshall Terrill sheds light on romantic rendezvous, politics, death bed…
Ink-slinging Steve McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill dishes on Elvis, Paul Newman, and the Duke
Guilty as charged for penning seven authoritative tomes about Steve McQueen going back to 1993’s Portrait of an…
Steve McQueen took a major part of his life — In step with passionate wordsmith Andrew Antoniades
Andrew Antoniades accomplished what many of us can only dream — he realized his lifelong ambition of publishing his…
The relentless dilemma of the fake Steve McQueens
“I live for myself and I answer to nobody.” Steve McQueen’s defiantly heroic words essentially summarize his genuine…
Mentored by the biggest star in the world: Inside Steve McQueen’s ‘Adam at 6 A.M.’
According to a bipartite interview debuting exclusively today, Lee Purcell got her first big Hollywood break on account…
Distance makes no difference with love — The complete Teri McQueen interview
Teri McQueen kept an extraordinary secret for nearly 70 years. That is, until best-selling author Marshall Terrill, in…
When the Dillards bumped into Steve McQueen on a Hollywood street
The Dillards are to bluegrass what Steve McQueen was to film cinema — supreme innovators during a decade when…
Two tough guys: Actor Gary Lockwood pulls no punches with Steve McQueen
In Steve McQueen’s determined ascent to the top of Hollywood’s ranks, he could often be mercurial, wary, and downright…
50 years of ‘Le Mans,’ Steve McQueen’s love letter to auto racing
King of Cool experts Marshall Terrill and Andrew Antoniades expose the scathingly reviewed 1971 cinéma vérité film now deemed a cult…
© Jeremy Roberts, 2014, 2018. All rights reserved. To touch base, email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention which story led you my way. I appreciate it sincerely.