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When you need to get somewhere fast, who's driving: Steve McQueen or Tom Cruise?

You’re late for a very important date. You need to get somewhere not just fast, but fast. When you rush out the door and come across your requested mode of transportation, there’s one of two people revving up to get you there. One option is the “King of Cool” renowned for his motorcycle antics and his love of all things speed. The other is a level-headed, death-defying daredevil whose creative problem solving will most likely involve explosives. So, who is it: Steve McQueen or Tom Cruise?

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Steve McQueen was pretty much a no-nonsense guy. His early years found him battling a string of abusive stepfathers; briefly joining a circus; and finally getting sent to a home for troubled young men prior to enlisting in the Marines. He eventually made it to Hollywood, where his stoic demeanor and antihero portrayals earned him the title, “The King of Cool.”

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The stunt most associated with McQueen occurred in “The Great Escape.” Playing the role of Hilts—a POW who loves baseball—McQueen convinced the film’s director to include its famous barbed-wire motorcycle jump. Although McQueen didn’t complete the jump himself, he was known to perform the majority of his own stunts across each of his films, and even filled in for some of the stuntmen on occasion

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McQueen’s strengths include navigating through the pesky streets of San Francisco and delivering wry commentary. If you need your transporter to stay cool as you lose your mind, Steve McQueen is the way to go. Just don’t ask him to play cards against any enemies you may have.

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Tom Cruise may have gotten his start as an eighties heartthrob, but it’s been a while since he’s been in a project that hasn't involved one outrageous stunt or another. Similar to McQueen, Cruise didn’t get along with his father and made his way towards acting via hard work. He also lived in Canada at one point, which, being the land of nice people, may have influenced his famed generosity.  

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Someone who’s that nice might make people suspicious, sure. But it seems Cruise likes to unleash his inner psycho by doing things which overtly laugh death in the face. He’s jumped from countless forms of infrastructure; evaded numerous explosions; and has driven a variety of vehicles from cars to choppers. He even perched atop the world’s tallest building just for funsies. 

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The thing about Tom Cruise being your driver is that, should your car break down, he’ll find another creative (and pee-releasing) way to get you there. There may be some harnesses and a couple of close shaves thrown into the mix, but don’t worry—he’ll handle it. At the end of it all, he’ll probably tip you with that show-stopping Cruise grin. 

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When you need to get somewhere fast, who's driving: Steve McQueen or Tom Cruise?
#SpeedMcQueen
A festive crown for the winner
#CruiseCruising