Who was the real star?


I heard that behind the scenes there was tension between McQueen and Newman. Both wanted top billing.

What does everybody here think?

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Newman was still hot in the 70's and had more clout. McQueen still had a good number of movies under his belt, but still didn't have the history Newman had.

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I wonder how many of those stories are true. I heard when McQueen was the number of lines he and Newman had. However, McQueen had a reputation for cutting lines as he thought less could be more.

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As a kid watching TTI whenever it was on tv in the 80s I was really only aware of Paul Newman as the main guy in the film..just the way he seemed to be the main character, the fact he was in the chopper opening wearing shades and then rarely off screen (McQueen didn't show until maybe half hour in?), and seemed to be driving the story and the action scenes (climbing over the chasm with the kids etc), the main woman was his love interest, plus his look in the yellow jacket (McQueen was always in fireman gear/helmet so most the time its was like he was just one of the firemen) and the fact he was such a huge household name even into the 80s (whereas I dont even think I knew who McQueen was back then..or until bit later when became aware of Great Escape, Magnificent 7 and then later Bullitt and obviously realising he was the fire chief in TTI)

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It was OJ!

He rescued the cat!

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LOL

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