Known as a speed enthusiast, Steve McQueen chose the Le Mans project because he himself wanted to drive directly to the race, so the actor had high expectations for this film. However, many accidents kept happening on set, Steve just broke up with his wife, so the movie star was depressed, depression made him sink into alcoholism.
From an ambitious project, the movie Le Mans became a ” career accident ”, a complete failure when it debuted to the American public. Director François Truffaut said that the filmmaking industry has many ‘cursed’ projects, the scripts read on paper are very good, but when they start doing it, they face all the risks. It is like a very sick person, once sick, the illness becomes worse and worse.
The heavy failure of the Le Mans movie (directed by Lee H.Katzin) made Steve McQueen’s career stalled for a while. During the 1970s, he was the star with the highest remuneration in Hollywood, more than his contemporaries such as Clint Eastwood (same age), Paul Newman and Robert Redfort….