You may have heard about a movie called Shame that's coming out on Friday and has been getting a lot of positive buzz. And you also may have heard that it's directed by Steve McQueen. Wait, that Steve McQueen? No, the other Steve McQueen. No the other other Steve McQueen. This is confusing. Which Steve McQueen is which? Here, we'll break it down for you.
Steve McQueen was a popular actor in the 1960s and '70s who was known for tough, suave performances in movies like The Great Escape, Bullitt, and The Thomas Crown Affair. At one point the highest paid actor in the world, McQueen was one of the most iconic movie stars of his generation. Sadly he died in 1980, at age 50, from cancer believed to have been caused by asbestos exposure, so it is unlikely that he is the Steve McQueen anyone's talking about when they mention the new Steve McQueen movie.
Steven R. McQueen
This is McQueen's grandson, a handsome kid who plays the lead character's brother on The CW's The Vampire Diaries. On the show he died but was brought back to life so now he can see and talk to ghosts. He clearly worked out over the summer because he's all beefcake this season, which would probably make his grandfather proud? Who knows. The point is, this Steve McQueen is one of the cute guys on The Vampire Diaries, which may not necessarily befit the grandson of one of cinema's top talents, but whatever, it's work. Highly addictive work. Chances are this is not the Steve McQueen you are looking for.