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He is one of America's legendary movie stars known for roles in classics like -- Thomas crown affair the great escape.
If you know the truth about Steve in -- career in private life.
In till now.
A new book features rare photos in new interviews with some of the people closest to him mark Elliott is the best selling author of that book and he joins me now nice to see mark and nice to see you.
He took on this project and he wrapped it up what was the biggest surprise to you about -- queen's life.
Well there's there's such a disconnect between his image and the person we believe he was from what we know about his screen work.
To who he really wanted to send that to turmoil that drove him.
It on the screen tough guy right no one would mess with this guy's just a cool mr.
cool tough guy -- gonna get his way but off the screen.
You say -- very self destructive.
He was -- he was constantly worried about what people thought of them.
You know -- them and that's a basic insecurity -- think of a lot of factors.
He he was trained by the method in New York City before he went to Hollywood.
And I think -- -- content -- killed his natural ability.
Just to let it out as as an actor and not worry about what every single thing meant.
Actors like Clint Eastwood for example they never worry about that they they go on they do their scenes they run off to the golf course.
So you know surprisingly.
Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood the same age.
Got a clue as to and today the top of his game.
Had Steve McQueen -- -- -- -- into seeing and fascinating to wonder where he would be today.
You also run the book -- number of those roles that he turned down I was surprised to learn he turned on the role of Butch Cassidy because -- he was obsessed with Paul Newman but he.
He did like the billing that he was gonna get against Paul Newman.
That's right that's a very Hollywood thing is that.
Whoever thinks he or O'Shea is the biggest star wants first building -- first position first name and above the title.
And he and Newman couldn't -- couldn't get together on that until after months of negotiating that he left the film and they he just up and quit.
Fox bought the film for and their eye on him in a preemptive bid because they thought they had Newman and McQueen.
Then they went to Warren Beatty and he didn't want anything to do -- he said that weren't enough women in the film for him.
And we all know what happened -- rhetoric became a mass Christmas cards of the other big films -- the French connection of course we know that did for -- -- -- I don't know Academy Award.
Unbelievable stuff what was the biggest take away that you got from this project when you left.
-- I felt that there was a little bit of Citizen Kane in his life that his mother and farmer.
And his mother was a woman of easy -- -- father was a stunt pilot who left the the wife after 20/20 five days and I think that Steve was searching.
For someone to nurture him and to love him for who he really was perhaps his whole life keeps his whole life -- -- -- -- -- -- Mark Kelly the book is Steve McQueen a biography -- pick an applicant -- -- -- into -- thanks so much for sure thank you pleasure come.
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