Saturday, January 27, 2007

Steve McQueen

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.

3 comments:

Chief said...

I like Steve McQueen, too, particularly in Papillion and The GReat Escape but he was in a few stinkers. Like "The Hunter"--that movie sucks.

But I like Eastwood, as well. The Unforgiven and Outlaw Josey Wales are fantastic movies. The scene in Unforgiven when Eastwood has Gene Hackman on his back, and Hackman says, "I don't deserve this--lying on the floor like a dog and dying--I was Billy the House. I don't deserve to die like this!"

And Eastwood says, through gritted teeth, "Deserve's got nothing to do with it", and shoots him dead.

McQueen never had a line as good as that.

Or another scene in Unforgiven, after the young kid shoots the guy in the outhouse admits that he'd never killed anyone before, Eastwood says, "It's a hell of a thing to kill a man--you take everything he's got, and everything he's every gonna get."

That shit sends chill up my spine.

Or in Outlaw Josey Wales, when the sidekicks says, "Hey Josey, ain't we gonna bury them fellers?" And Eastwood says, "To hell with them fellers!" and spits a big glob of tobacco juice on the dead man's forehead. "Buzzard's gotta eat, same as the worms."

Awesome.

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