Steve McQueen Returning to the Big Screen (Sort Of)

The action hero so tough, not even death can stop him!

He was nicknamed "The King of Cool" during his Hollywood career, and even more than 25 years after his death, Steve McQueen still has enough pull to rate a biopic. Variety is reporting that producer Kevin Kasha has purchased the film rights to My Husband, My Friend, the memoir written by McQueen's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel, about their 16-year marriage.

Though he's mainly remembered today for his squinty tough-guy roles in such classic films as Bullitt and The Magnificent Seven, McQueen was a fascinating character behind the scenes, too -- he was, among other things, a rumored target of Charles Manson's; a pallbearer at Bruce Lee's funeral; a diehard political conservative who refused an opportunity to join the 1963 Civil Rights March; and, supposedly, the guy who got Chuck Norris to take acting classes.

McQueen even died interestingly, heading to Mexico after being diagnosed with liver cancer and undergoing various unorthodox treatments, including coffee enemas. Admittedly, we haven't read Toffel's book, so we have no idea how much or how little of McQueen's amazing off-screen life will make it into the project -- but what's really interesting at this point is the question of how in the world the filmmakers will go about casting the lead role. Seriously, who can play Steve McQueen?



Source: Variety

Comments

JUDGE DREDD

idle one kenobi

Damian Lewis, from Band of Brothers, should play McQeen! He looks just like him, more than any other actor.

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/granitz/2165/Events/2165/DamienLewi_Cohen_1506321_400.jpg.html?path=pgallery&path_key=Lewis, Damian (I)

Everyone I know said at the time of B.O.B, he looks like Steve Mcqeen, mainly because we couldnt remember his character name.

Google the images and see for your selves. Just depends if he can pull off the US accent, sure he can, he is a good actor.

Aug 22 - 04:43 AM

dracus

Cap Nord

Brad Pitt has both the look and 'cool' to play McQueen. I think he'd be the perfect choice.

Aug 22 - 04:43 AM

Cindy_Lou_Who

Cindy Granger

I have to agree with Dracus on this one. Pitt is the perfect choice. He and McQueen are so much alike in looks, style and even when it comes to the media. And like McQueen Pitts s all man and sexy as hell which is a definite must for this role. As for you saying Pitt can't act that's nonsense. I think you really need to have a serious look at his films starting with Seven.

Aug 22 - 09:21 AM

cgcbooks

Robert Kimberlin

dracus- Brad Pitt is no actor. He is a celebrity. I wouldn't mention his name in the same sentence as Steve McQueen.

Aug 22 - 05:10 AM

mjolson20

Matthew Olson

fight club, seven, babel, snatch, interview with the vampire, true romance.. seen any of those maybe u should rent one than re-evaluate his acting skill

Aug 22 - 03:58 PM

jeremyd4

jeremy d

True Romance? I wouldn't say he had much to do with that film....? And is it really that hard to play a stoner for what amounts to maybe 2 mins?

Aug 22 - 11:02 PM

mjolson20

Matthew Olson

still what about fight club, seven, babel, snatch, interview with the vampire they all are very different roles which he plays great in...and tru it is pretty easy to play a stoner but still it just adds to his versatility as an ator performance to performance.

Aug 23 - 12:07 AM

mjolson20

Matthew Olson

actor*

Aug 23 - 12:08 AM

jeremyd4

jeremy d

actually... wouldn't it be fair to say Steve McQueen was just the Brad Pitt of his time?? They have a lot in common.

Aug 22 - 05:50 AM

interplanetaryspy

Ian Coates

Brad Pitt is actually a very good actor, but his celebrity tends to overshadow his work. Though McQueen was great, I'd have to say Pitt is actually the better actor.

Aug 22 - 05:55 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I would hesitate to say Pitt is better, but you're right their are many similarities in their careers. McQueens personality often overwhelmed his acting ability.

Aug 22 - 06:00 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I would hesitate to say Pitt is better, but you're right their are many similarities in their careers. McQueens personality often overwhelmed his acting ability.

Aug 22 - 06:00 AM

Drunken Mastermind

John Doe

Pitt-A guy with a big acting ability with an even bigger celebrity profile. Mcqueen-A guy with a big acting ability with an even bigger celebrity profile. What's the problem? He would do a good job.

Aug 22 - 06:32 AM

TheIceGhost

Harry Myland

Daniel Craig could do it.

Pitt is a good actor but I dunno if I'd want to see him in this role.

Aug 22 - 06:35 AM

PimpmasterEwok

Eric Ellis

Daniel Craig could probably play steve.

Aug 22 - 07:14 AM

IMAmoose24

Eric Schulze

No one can play steve. He's F-ing Steve McQueen.

Aug 22 - 07:31 AM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

You know you've gotta be tough to have a rep like his yet still have "Queen" in his last name. Them's some balls, son.

Would now be a good time to do a McQueen CG double for this? Too soon?

Aug 22 - 07:45 AM

Cindy_Lou_Who

Cindy Granger

I have to agree with Dracus on this one. Pitt is the perfect choice. He and McQueen are so much alike in looks, style and even when it comes to the media. And like McQueen Pitts s all man and sexy as hell which is a definite must for this role. As for you saying Pitt can't act that's nonsense. I think you really need to have a serious look at his films starting with Seven.

Aug 22 - 09:21 AM

Bevans

B E

Daniel Craig would be a great choice. He already looks like him, and he's got the acting skill to pull it off.

Aug 22 - 09:35 AM

medicineman

Kim Hutton

I think that Brad Pitt is a natural choice to play Steve McQueen the same way Philip Seymour Hoffman was a natural to play Capote or Morgan Freeman is in his upcoming role as Nelson Mandela. Give Pitt the role of McQueen and you might as well give him an Academy Award nomination for the best actor at the same time.

Aug 22 - 09:37 AM

WarSucksLetsParty

Fernando Barajas

I gotta go with Daniel Craig.

Aug 22 - 11:14 AM

WarSucksLetsParty

Fernando Barajas

I gotta go with Daniel Craig.

Aug 22 - 11:14 AM

twinsfan2715

Tom Bidinger

would it be wrong of me to say Edward Norton as Steve McQueen

Aug 22 - 11:15 AM

jacketman

Brian Thatcher

Its never wrong to suggest Ed Norton.

Aug 22 - 12:11 PM

robzass

Dan Barrett

DANIEL CRAIG!!! is there really debate over this? Look at the likeness.

Aug 22 - 12:27 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Norton can pull off anything. But I think it should go to Daniel Craig.

Aug 22 - 12:27 PM

samlane

sam lane

Personally i think they should cast an unknown. if they cast brad pitt, through out the entire movie the audience will know that they are watching brad pitt play steve mcqueen. the same goes for edward nornton (who is my favorite actor) and daniel craig. they are all just to recognizable which i think will distract from the story. whereas if they cast an unknown, the audience can watch the story of steve mcqueens life without being distracted by the presence of a big name actor.

Aug 22 - 01:08 PM

samlane

sam lane

Personally i think they should cast an unknown. if they cast brad pitt, through out the entire movie the audience will know that they are watching brad pitt play steve mcqueen. the same goes for edward nornton (who is my favorite actor) and daniel craig. they are all just to recognizable which i think will distract from the story. whereas if they cast an unknown, the audience can watch the story of steve mcqueens life without being distracted by the presence of a big name actor.

Aug 22 - 01:08 PM

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