The Making of Cornfield
An instant hit - the Mustang 2005 Commercial
©David Kunz, Mark Myers, Wolfgang Kohrn, - Last updated on January 26th, 2005
Exclusive Ponysite Series:
The Interviews with the Actors
B. Mark Myers as Steve McQueen
Interview by David Kunz
to Mark for his willingness to share some backscene information of the
CORNFIELD commercial for the Ford Mustang 2005.
When I was a small child in England and saw The Great Escape...then
later Bullitt...... I always looked like Steve...people would say
2. Which cars did you drive back then and what is your daily ride today?
Well, I was a small boy in the 60s, but had a Ford
Zephyr...a fast car for England. I was 17 or 18 years
old then. Always tried to get it to go fast,
as it had a 6 cylinder engine.
Quite a few times...like everyone else...loved the chase sequence. Surprising to see Steve McQueen play a cop. It went against his type..somehow.
4. Did you happen to meet him in your youth?
5. What do you like about him and what not? Reading his biography did make a change for me....
I liked his natural ability to portray
a hero without saying much....it was
all the looks he gave.
6. In which commercials or movies did you play him aside from the Puma, Cobra and 2005 spot?
After the Puma spot...Paul street met
me and decided to use me in next spot.
7. What are your other jobs aside from this?
I'm a tree surgeon.
8. Can you say something about the PUMA spot locations, the film team, Paul Streets enthusiasm?
Paul Street actually didn't meet me until after the Puma
spot. His co-producer had met me and introduced us. He was amazed at the
resemblance to McQueen and assured me that I would play him in his next
9. Frankly I never saw the Bullitt Cobra spot, until I saw your website. Was it only aired in the US or did I miss something?
It was aired in Canada only...a large Ford dealership (MSA Ford) made this commercial for a special car they had built.
10. Can you tell us some background about this Cobra commercial and the fun, locations, etc.
Took hill jump in the Mustang...at
65 miles per hour...3 or 4 takes...smashed
oil sump...fuel lines...broke front end...car went into a slide...it was a
11. Any info on the deal with Warner Bros and the McQueen trust?
12. I've read that they finally "overlayed" the digital McQueen face for the Cornfield video. Was that part of the deal or where you informed about this later.
That was planned from the start Though the.pics in magazine ad are some
Steve, some me. I think it was a mistake, since we look so much
alike. That's me walking up to farmer...also me catching
13. Any backstage story about the fun at the Cornfield, catering or safety problems, team efforts, incidents, car preparation, your presence there and funny incidents?
Everything we did had to be lined up by very exact measurements...every shot perfect...hitting marks was crucial. There were lots of takes...playback monitors to match shots. I had to be in precise spots in every shot so that Steve's face could be put over mine.
14. What are your plans for the future or do you know of any Warner Bros. or Paul Street future projects? (2006 special edition Mustang BULLITT or new movie project?)
None yet, though I'm sure...Paul Street will certainly call when he needs a double again.
15. Any other things, you'd like to mention?
Just for the records, maybe... I'm 5-7"1/2...McQueen was 5-6"1/2.
I still have the tweed jacket from the Cornfield shoot...costumer custom made it to match the one from Bullitt. The costumer is named Alex. Great piece of memory.
Thanks to David Kunz for doing this interview with Mark.