McQueen and Yates (Bullitt)
Always check your sources – something I learned this past couple of weeks. It all started when I was contacted by Jake Ehrlich, editor of Roles Magazine. He was excited that I stated in my e-book, “Bullitt Points: Memories of Steve McQueen and the Making of Bullitt” that stunt double, Loren Janes drove the Mustang in Bullitt. His other source said otherwise, and he was searching for the truth. The long and short of this is, we traced back my original source and it was the Wall Street Journal (which other sources could be traced back to as well), and they got their information wrong. As it turned out, Janes doubled Steve at the Airport, jumping from the jet, but the driving sequences were performed by McQueen, Ekins, and Loftin. Ehrlich, an extremely responsible journalist has now corrected the record, and in his next installment will summarize this fascinating story… which includes the mystery of Steve McQueen’s Rolex watch gift to Janes. Gripping reading.
Thanks to Jake and Rolex Magazine, I will be correcting this in the future. Here’s a link to the website. Read the story thus far!