Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans

Synopsis: STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN and LE MANS is the story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It is the story of how one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who seemingly lost so much he held dear in the pursuit of his dream, nevertheless followed it to the end.
Genre: Documentary
Production: FilmRise
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min


[interposing voices]

Camera B rolling.

And action.

[race cars driving]


[chopper noises]


Uh, why don't we just dive in

and have a look at uh-- Steve,

what do you think of the

circumstances that might have

led up to the disease itself?

How do you perceive that?

Two ways.

One is asbestos poisoning in

my lungs, which is very rare.

Two is, I think,

there were times

when I was under pressure.

I had a battle in my

business with somebody

for about five years, so

I think I really wanted

to let go under pressure.

It all began

when a super star

who loved auto racing decided

to do a picture about his sport.

That was most

seminal moment in his life.

What was happening when we

were shooting this movie should

happen to no man.

I just wanted to

get it down on film, what

I thought it was all about.

Ladies and gentlemen,

the male world

film favorite, Steve McQueen.


Thank you.

If you had your

life to do over again,

would you do it the same way?

Damn right.


Every bit of it,

because I think film

is a very important medium.

When he was the number one

superstar in the world,

he was, like, I

think, 38 years old.

People went nuts

wherever he went.

He was American Royalty.




I started on a farm, in

the state of Missouri,

and I lived there in

my youth, and I got

out of there as quick as I can.


background gave him

a courageous element that stood

him in very, very good stead

at that time.

I don't know

very much about art or music,

except things that I like.

Basically, I come

from the gutter,

and I'm not a compromiser.

He didn't give

a sh*t, you know?

If there was a fight to be had,

he would not turn his back,

and it doesn't

matter who it was.

I bet

you're a perfectionist.

Well, I try to do a good job.

You know, I try.

"The Thomas Crown Affair"

and "Bullet" were my two

pictures with Steve McQueen.

I convinced him that every

time he went on the set,

no matter what

the director said,

he should recite the mantra.

I decide what is right

and what is wrong,

and I don't have to

explain it to anybody.

I like women, but I'm a

little afraid of them.

I'm not going to

make a commitment,

because if you make a commitment

to a woman, they can hurt you.

I won't pick a fight, but

if you pick a fight with me

or back me into a corner,

I will f***ing kill you.

He used to recite

that to himself

when he went on

the set, regardless

of what the directions were.

And he played that character,

I thought, just brilliantly.

Which do you enjoy

more, acting or producing?


I'm sort of hung.

I like producing, as

long as I'm acting,

because I think the ultimate

is to have creative control.

He loved the part in the

"Thomas Crown Affair,"

playing Tommy Crown.

Big business guy, no one

knows anything more than him.

He aspired to that character.

He wanted to feel like

he was a bit of a mogul.


the movies are changed.

It's not a game anymore.

It's big bucks, heavy bucks.

And those people play

for keeps out there.

He got this into his head, that

he would build us an empire.

After "Thomas Crown," he

said, I'm going to build us

an empire, baby doll.

If I

have my name on there,

they can no longer

pawn me off as just

a candy ass movie star who

they've got to be easy with.

This puts me out

front as an executive.

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Gabriel Clarke

Gabriel Clarke is an award-winning TV journalist and documentary filmmaker. Clarke earned an English Literature degree from the University of London and began his journalistic career with local newspapers in Somerset and Bristol. He started his sports broadcasting career with Radio Trent in the East Midlands before moving into TV. Clarke joined ITV Sport in 1991, as a reporter for the Saint and Greavsie television programme.He has worked across ITV Sport's output covering European Championships, World Cups, Rugby World Cups, the Boat Race and World Championship boxing, and also presenting ITV's Football League highlights show Football League Extra. He was a roving reporter with the England national football team at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2012. Clarke has been named the Royal Television Society Sports News Reporter of the Year three times: 2001, 2002 and 2005. He is also the winner of the Royal Television Society awards for Sports Feature (2002, 2005) and Sports Creative Sequence (2002). Clarke also reported from contestant Eoghan Quigg's temporary hometown of Derry during the final of series 5 of The X Factor. more…

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