The truth about Steve McQueen


INVESTIGATION – Disappeared forty years ago, the sulphurous actor of The great Escape remains an unconquerable myth.

Steve McQueen, reckless Porsche driver, in “Le Mans” (1971).
Steve McQueen, reckless Porsche driver, in “Le Mans” (1971). ŠEverett / Bridgeman pictures

“Like Marilyn Monroe or the Rolling Stones, it affects all generations”, believes Julia Gragnon, a Parisian gallery owner who regularly exhibits photographs by Steve McQueen including those taken by her father, François Gragnon. “He is on screen what he is in life. As soon as he brings the character back to him, he’s formidable, as in In the name of the law. He literally kidnapped hero Josh Randall. To the point of removing dialogues ”, enthuses Bertrand Tessier, author of Steve McQueen, the other side of glory which just appeared.

He was always on the sidelines, a free electron. He did things as he felt them

Bertrand Tessier, writer

Do not trust the blue eyes and the beguiling smile of the American star. The actor of The great Escape battling his demons, drugs and alcohol that made him violent. Caused mood swings in him which frightened his companions. He set himself challenges that he took on at 150 km / h. “He was permanently on the sidelines, a free electron, emphasizes Bertrand Tessier. He did things as he felt them to be. ” Reminding

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