READ MORE: FilmRise Acquires Cannes Classic Doc ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’
In this exclusive clip from “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” the iconic actor would rather have natural sweat with a throbbing vein than water splashed on him from the makeup guy, proving his commitment to never faking it in front of the camera.
For the documentary, directors Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna bring to the screen rare and exclusive interviews with Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, John Sturges, Neile Adams and racing drivers Jonathan Williams, Derek Bell and David Piper. The film premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and screened at the San Sebastian and Deauville American film festivals.
The official synopsis reads: “By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. He was the King of Cool and the world’s most notorious ladies’ man. Hot off the back of classics like ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ and ‘Bullitt,’ the racing fanatic began production of his passion project, ‘Le Mans,’ centered on the 24-hour car race in France. But the infamously troubled production was plagued with financial troubles, on-set rivalries and the star’s own personal issues. This documentary film interweaves stunning, newly discovered footage and McQueen’s private recordings with original interviews to reveal the true story of how this cinema legend would risk everything in pursuit of his dream.”