Steve McQueen was so awesome because he exuded, "Goddamn it, what next?"
You know that feeling you have when you are just walking to the kitchen and you stub your toe and you are like, "Godamn life!"
Or you go to your car and you are thinking, "I'm going to go to a bar and get drunk and it will be awesome." But instead the car won't start because your fuel pump is broke and you think, "Goddamn life!"
You are at work and you have this certain thing to do and you go to do it and there's a bunch of shit the person from the shift before didn't do, and you have to do it and you are like, "Godamn life!"
You are sitting around the house and your lover starts a fight with you, but you know this fight is based on something their parents did, and not what you did, and you are like, "Godamn life!"
I think Steve McQueen had that emotion all the time.
That's why he was so good in Papillion.
Clint Eastwood kind of had that, but Clint Eastwood always won in the end. Clint Eastwood never showed any doubt.
But Steve McQueen always showed doubt.
The difference would be, Clint Eastwood came in blasting and won. And Steve McQueen came in, fumbled around, said some funny shit, and survived because people usually just survive.