Karl Malden claimed that, during the shooting of One-Eyed Jacks , Brando would have "two steaks, potatoes, two apple pies a la mode and a quart of milk" for dinner, necessitating constant altering of his costumes. During a birthday party for Brando--the film's director as well as star--the crew gave him a belt with a card reading, "Hope it fits.
His second wife Movita , who had a lock put on their refrigerator to stop pilfering by what she thought was the household staff, awoke one morning to find the lock broken and teeth marks on a round of cheese. The maid told her that Brando nightly raided the fridge. Movita also related how he often drove down to hot dog stands late at night one of his favorite spots was the legendary Pink's Hot Dogs in Hollywood; it was open 24 hours a day, and Brando would go there at or in the morning and polish off a half-dozen hot dogs at a time.
Mutiny on the Bounty costumer James Taylor claimed that Brando split the seat on 52 pairs of pants during the shooting of the film, necessitating that stretch fabric be sewn into his replacement duds. He split those, too. Ice cream was the culprit: Brando would purloin a five-gallon tub of the fattening dessert, row himself out into the lagoon and indulge. On the set of The Appaloosa , Brando's double often had to be used for shooting after lunch, and filming could only proceed in long shots, as Brando could no longer fit into his costumes.
Dick Loving, who was married to Brando's sister Frannie, said that Brando used to eat "two chickens at a sitting, and [go] through bags of Pepperidge Farm cookies. Living on his island of Tetioroa, Brando created what he called "real-life Mounds Bars" by cracking open a coconut, melting some chocolate in the sun, then stirring it into the coconut for a tasty treat. By the s, there were reports that one of his girlfriends had left him because he failed to keep his promise of losing weight. He seemed to be dieting, but to her astonishment, he never lost weight.
She found out that his buddies had been throwing bags of Burger King Whoppers over the gates of his Mulholland Dr. In the late s, Brando was spotted regularly buying ice cream from a Beverly Hills ice cream shop--five gallons at a time. He supposedly confessed that he was eating it all himself. Finally, a reported Brando snack was a pound of cooked bacon shoved into an entire loaf of bread. When Brando became sick, he seriously cut back and lost 70 pounds on a bland diet, but never lost his love of food and especially ice cream.
Won his seventh, and last, Best Actor Oscar nomination in , for Last Tango in Paris , after he had generated much ill-will in Hollywood by refusing his Oscar for The Godfather It proves that voting members are interested only in performances, not in sidelights. Scott , also was nominated as Best Actor the year following his snubbing of the Academy. So far, Brando, Scott and screenwriter Dudley Nichols , who refused to accept his Oscar for the movie The Informer due to a Writers Guild strike, are the only people out of more than 2, winners to turn down the Award.
In his September Playboy magazine interview, director Sam Peckinpah said that a problem with One-Eyed Jacks is that Brando would not play a villain. Peckinpah had worked on rewriting the script, which was based on the novel "The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones", a retelling of the Billy the Kid legend. According to Peckinpah, Billy the Kid was a genuine villain, whereas Brando's character "Rio" was not, thus lessening the dramatic impact of the story.
He praised Brando for his acting comeback as Don Corleone in The Godfather , both as the return of a great actor and as an example of Brando's newfound willingness to shuck off his old predilection and actually play a villain. At the 77th Academy Awards ceremony, he was the last person featured in the film honoring film industry personalities who had passed away the previous year. When she announced him as the winner, Brando took the gum out of his mouth and shook hands with fellow nominee Bing Crosby , who had been reckoned the favorite that night, before going on stage to accept the statuette.
Bette Davis , who had presented Brando with his first Best Actor Oscar at the 27th Academy Awards in , told the press that she was thrilled he had won. She elaborated, "He and I had much in common. He, too, had made many enemies. He, too, is a perfectionist. When participating in the March on Washington, brandished a cattle prod to show the world the brutality blacks faced in the South.
Attended the memorial service for slain Black Panthers member Bobby Hutton. Tithed a tenth of his income to various black civil-rights organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He and director Tony Kaye paid , pounds sterling for footage of what allegedly is the "Angel of Mons", according to The Sunday Times March 11, The film allegedly was found in August in a junk-shop, which had a trunk belonging to a man called William Doidge, a World War I veteran.
Doidge had been at Mons in August and knew about or possibly saw the apparition in the sky as the British army retreated before the overwhelming German advance. After the war he became obsessed by these apparitions. An American war veteran told him in that angels had appeared before some American troops were drowned during an exercise in at Woodchester Park in the Cotswolds. Doidge went there with a movie camera and supposedly captured images of them. Kaye planned to make a film of the incident, starring Brando as the American veteran, but the plans fell through when the two fell out over an acting video.
The news agency Reuters, in an article about about Vanity Fair magazine's upcoming Hollywood issue, reported after his death that Brando repeatedly voiced objections to appearing in The Godfather According to Brando's friend Budd Schulberg , who won an Oscar writing the screenplay for On the Waterfront , Brando repeatedly told his assistant Alice Marchak that he would not be in a film that glorified the Mafia. Schulberg said that Marchak pestered him to read the bestseller, and at one point he threw the book at her, saying, "For the last time, I won't glorify the Mafia!
Marchak told Schulberg this went on for awhile, with Brando trying different mustaches, until he finally won the role after agreeing to a screen test. Among the actors he beat out for the role were Laurence Olivier , who was too sick to work on the film, and Burt Lancaster , who had offered to do a screen test for the role and was looked on favorably by Paramount brass. He was voted the 15th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere magazine. He constantly referred to his good friend Johnny Depp as "the most talented actor of his generation". He liked to box.
While performing as Stanley Kowalski in the stage version of "A Streetcar Named Desire", he would often persuade a member of the stage crew to spar with him in a room underneath the stage between his acts. During one of these impromptu boxing matches, a crew member surprised him with a hard punch to the nose. Brando's nose was broken so badly that it literally was split across its bridge. He managed to go on stage and finish the play despite the fact that backstage efforts to stanch the bleeding had failed, but he was taken to the hospital immediately after.
His famous broken-beak nose was the result of his having taken off his bandages in order to cover his nose with Mercurochrome to make it look particularly bad when he was visited by the play's producer, Irene Mayer Selznick. The subterfuge worked, as Selznick gave him two weeks off from the grind of the play he was on stage with "Streetcar" for two years , but by taking the bandages off, his nose did not properly set.
Believed that he could control stress in his life and physical pain through meditation. So sure he was of this, that he wanted to prove it. When he decided in the early s to be circumcised, he wanted the doctor to do the operation with no anesthesia so that he could show off this skill. The doctor refused because of medical ethics, but Brando underwent the operation anyway after receiving a painkilling shot in his back. However, he wanted to show the doctors what he could do, and he asked them to take his blood pressure.
Through meditation, he brought his blood pressure down more than 20 points. Elton John 's song "Goodbye Marlon Brando" was inspired by the actor's retirement in His The Night of the Following Day co-star Richard Boone directed the final scenes of the film at the insistence of Brando, who could no longer tolerate what he considered the incompetence of director Hubert Cornfield. The film is generally considered the nadir of Brando's career. Shortly before his death, his doctors had told him that the only way to prolong his life would be to insert tubes carrying oxygen into his lungs.
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He refused permission, preferring to die naturally. For both licenses, he used the name "Martin Brandeaux". His decision to play the title role in The Island of Dr. Moreau turned out to be an offer that he definitely should have refused. The vote was cast by Razzie Award founder John Wilson, who always chooses to vote last. At the time of his death at age 80, Brando had been suffering from congestive heart failure, advanced diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis damage to the tissue inside the lungs resulting from a bout of pneumonia in Doctors had recently discovered a tumor inside his liver, but he died before they could operate to remove it.
In a review of Brando's film The Chase , film critic Rex Reed commented that "most of the time, he sounds like he has a mouth full of wet toilet paper". Contrary to popular belief, Brando was not an atheist. At his son's trial, where he supposedly revealed his atheism and refused to swear upon a Bible, his actual words were, "While I do believe in God, I do not believe in the same way as others, so I would prefer not to swear on the Bible.
Years after "Apocalypse Now" was released, a television film was made of Heart of Darkness , which featured Ian McDiarmid in a small role. Brando's first Oscar was for On the Waterfront , where his famous lines were "I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could been somebody. Coppola had envisioned Kurtz as a lean and hungry warrior; the character of Kurtz in the Conrad novellas was a wraith and weighed barely more than a child despite his great stature, due to his suffering from malaria.
When the year-old Brando--who had already been paid part of his huge salary--appeared on the set in the Philippines, he had lost none of the weight, so Coppola and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro were forced to put Brando's character in the shadows in most shots. In the penultimate appearance of Kurtz in the film, when he appears in silhouette in the doorway of his temple compound as the sacrificial bull is lead out, a very tall double about 6' 5" was used to try to give the character a greater physical stature, rather than just Buddha-like belly-fat that girded the 5' 10" Brando.
He did not get around to reading the novella until many years later. He did not like to sign autographs for collectors. Because of this, his own autograph became so valuable that many checks he wrote went uncashed--his signature on them was worth more than the value of the check itself. Ironically, his secretary Alice Marchak remembered a time when a fan asked for his autograph. Brando promptly signed the fan's autograph book twice. Brando then told the fan that he had heard that one John Wayne autograph was equal to two Marlon Brando's on the collector's market.
In his biography "The Only Contender" by Gary Carey, Brando was quoted as saying, "Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed. It was his idea for Jor-El to wear the "S" insignia as the family crest in Superman Is mentioned in Robbie Williams ' song "Advertising Space". Brando had turned down the lead role in David Lean 's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia , which had been offered by producer Sam Spiegel , because he did not like the lengthy shooting schedule.
Ironically, "Bounty" itself wound up with an extensive shooting schedule due to a snail-pace schedule caused by a plethora of problems due to location shooting. Elizabeth Taylor had previously broken the million-dollar mark for a single picture with her renegotiated contract for Cleopatra Both films went vastly over schedule and wildly over budget and wound up hemorrhaging rivers of red ink despite relatively large grosses, though Taylor's flick outshone Brando's in the area of fiscal irresponsibility and wound up bankrupting its studio, 20th Century-Fox. It was the price he quoted Francis Ford Coppola for his services for Apocalypse Now , but Coppola refused to meet his demands and McQueen stayed off the screen for four years.
Brando made more money from his share of "Apocalypse Now" than from any other picture he appeared in; it financed his own retirement from the screen during the s. Spiegel was worried that motorcycle enthusiast Brando would kill himself like James Dean had, in an accident Brando had had lacerated his knee while biking before filming began.
Spiegel constantly queried "Chase" director Arthur Penn as to whether Brando had brought his motorcycle with him to the filming. When Brando got wind of this, he had the bike brought over to the set on a trailer and left on the lot to play a joke on Spiegel, who quickly arrived at the shooting to see that Brando did not drive it. When Spiegel found out it was all a joke, the normally taciturn producer laughed heartily. Spiegel originally had acquired the property that became "The Chase" in the s and wanted Brando to play the role of Jason "Jake" Rogers and Marilyn Monroe to play his lover, Anna Reeves.
By the time production began in , Brando was too old to play the role of the son, and took the role of Sheriff Calder instead. Brando did not like the role, and complained that all he did in the picture was wander around. He began referring to himself as "The Old Lamplighter". However, many critics and cinephiles consider Sheriff Calder one of his best performances. Brando told Lawrence Grobel "Conversations with Brando" that the movie, which he only made for the money as he was broke, was ruined in the editing room, with the humor of his scenes cut out.
In his autobiography, Brando--in a caption for a picture from the film--recounts that George C. Scott asked him during the shooting of the film whether he, Brando, would ever give the same line - reading twice. Brando replied, "I know you know a cue when you hear one. Scott said that Brando was not that good a player. Brando had to sue Francis Ford Coppola to get all the money owed to him from his percentage of the profits of Apocalypse Now Brando characterized the people in the movie industry as "liars" to Lawrence Grobel who conducted his Playboy interview : "Even Francis Coppola owed me one-and-a-half million and I have to sue him.
They all do that, as they make interest on the money It's all so ugly, I hate the idea of having to act, but there's no other way to do it. The producers of the film adaptation of Sir Peter Shaffer 's play Equus were interested in casting either Brando or Jack Nicholson in the lead role of Dr. Martin Dysart. The role went instead to Richard Burton , who had to "screen-test" for the role by agreeing to appear in the play on Broadway. Burton did, got rave reviews and a special Tony Award, and won his seventh and last Oscar nomination for the role.
In his diary, Burton wrote that in the late s, he was always one of the first actors producers turned to when Brando turned down a role. Brando later socialized with the Burtons, visiting them on their famous yacht the Kalizma, while they plied the Mediterreanean. Brando's ex-wife Anna Kashfi , in her book "Brando for Breakfast" , claimed that Brando and Burton got into a fistfight aboard the yacht, probably over Liz, but nothing of the incident appears in Burton's voluminous diaries, in which Burton says he found Brando to be quite intelligent but believed he suffered, like Liz did, from becoming too famous too early in his life.
He recognized Brando as a great actor, but felt he would have been more suited to silent films due to the deficiency in his voice the famous "mumble". As a silent film star, Burton believed Brando would have been the greatest motion picture actor ever. After a two-day preliminary hearing in early August , the presiding judge ruled that enough evidence had been presented to try Christian on first-degree murder charges. Brando's friend, actor William Redfield , mentioned him prominently in the memoir he wrote about the stage production of "Hamlet" later transferred to film as Hamlet directed by John Gielgud and starring Richard Burton.
That is, they believed that Brando's more naturalistic style, combined with his greatness as an actor, would prove a challenge to the more stylized and technical English acting paradigm epitomized by Laurence Olivier , and that Brando would supplant Olivier as the world's greatest actor. Redfield would tell Burton stories of Brando, whom the Welsh actor had not yet met. Redfield sadly confessed that Brando, by not taking on roles such as Hamlet and furthermore, by betraying his craft by abandoning the stage, thus allowing his instrument to be dulled by film work , had failed not only as an actor, but had failed to help American actors create an acting tradition that would rival the English in terms of expertise.
When Brando was interviewed by Connie Chung for her television program Saturday Night with Connie Chung , broadcast on October 7, , he said he was upset with the picture and mentioned the charitable gift the producers had made on his bequest to show his commitment to toppling apartheid in South Africa. McQueen, who was obsessed with Newman as his rival as a movie actor and superstar, had bought the script from William Goldman , originally called "The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy". McQueen was slated to play "The Sundance Kid". When he dropped out and Newman took over the production, the title was reversed and Brando was offered the role.
He declined in order to film Burn! Brando earlier had dropped out of Elia Kazan 's The Arrangement shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Brando told Kazan he could not star in a run-of-the-mill movie after King's assassination. Instead, he opted for "Burn", which was a pro-revolutionary story about a rebellion of African slaves in the Caribbean. The very last film role that was ever offered to him was Rayburn in Man on Fire , less than a year before he passed away.
The role instead went to Christopher Walken. Batman creator Bob Kane was relieved that he was not cast, as he considered Brando the "wrongest possible choice for the role". Keith Richards 's son, Marlon Richards is named after him. Signed on to appear in director Sidney Lumet 's adaptation of the play Child's Play as schoolteacher Joseph Dobbs, but backed out just before principal photography was to begin when he realized James Mason had the better role as his schoolteacher rival.
According to Bob Thomas ' "Brando: Portrait of the Artist as a Rebel", Brando quit the production when he realized his flagging career would soon be revitalized by the The Godfather A last-minute replacement, Robert Preston was signed to take over the role, and though a fine actor, he bombed in the performance due to over-projection of his voice Preston had been playing mainly in the theater in the previous decade.
Brando subsequently was sued by producer David Merrick. Both were offered the role by David Lean , and both turned the role down. However, a month went by and Brando failed to respond to Lean's written inquiry into whether he wanted to play Komarovsky, so the director offered the role to James Mason , who was a generation older than Brando. Lean decided on Mason, who initially accepted the role, as he did not want an actor who would overpower the character of Yuri Zhivago specifically, to show Zhivago up as a lover of Lara, who would be played by the young Julie Christie , which the charismatic Brando might have done, shifting the sympathy of the audience.
Mason eventually dropped out and Rod Steiger , who had just won the Silver Bear as Best Actor for his role as the eponymous The Pawnbroker , accepted the role. Made the Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual survey of movie exhibitors, five times from to He debuted at 10 in , and climbed to 6 in before falling off the list in He again made the list, as 4, in He did not appear on the list again until , when he was ranked the 6 Box Office star after the extraordinary success of The Godfather He made one last appearance in , going out as he had come onto the list, at Supported John F.
Kennedy in the presidential election. At the ceremony, Clint Eastwood remarked he did not know whether he should dedicate the Oscar he was presenting to "all the cowboys shot in John Ford 's westerns". Michael Caine , nominated for his performance in Sleuth , angrily condemned Brando's actions while Rock Hudson remarked, "Sometimes to be eloquent is to be silent. He was close friends with the reclusive singer Michael Jackson for many years, even appearing in his music video "You Rock My World" in The last time Brando left his bungalow in Hollywood was to stay at Jackson's Neverland Ranch in the summer of Brando b.
His character Ken Wilcheck in his cinema debut The Men has the nickname "Bud", which was his own nickname as he was a "junior". Brando's father, Marlon Brando Sr. The only other film in which Brando goes by the name which his family and intimate friends called him is The Night of the Following Day After he received his first Academy Award nomination Best Actor for A Streetcar Named Desire , Brando impishly told the Hollywood press corps that he would not attend the ceremony but would send a cab driver in his place to pick up the Oscar, should he win the award.
Indeed, Brando did not attend, and some columnists claimed that a cabby actually was in attendance in Brando's seat at Los Angeles' RKO Pantages Theatre the night of ceremony of March 20, Alas, Brando was the sole "Steetcar" acting nominee not to win that night as Humphrey Bogart took home the gold, so the question can never be satisfactorily resolved. Impressed by the young man, Brando promptly appointed him his agent Kantor was the inspiration for the character Teddy Z on the television series The Famous Teddy Z Sean Penn told writer Charles Bukowski that Brando put scripts from producers into his freezer, in order to use them as targets in skeet shooting.
Brando would take the frozen scripts and have them tossed in the air into the canyon below his home at night, and then proceed to blast them into smithereens with a shotgun while they were on the fly. By freezing the scripts, the pages were stiff and made for better "clay pigeon" substitutes. The practice is mentioned in one of Bukowski's poems. Bukowski also wrote about Brando in his short story "You Kissed Lilly", in which Lilly masturbates while watching Brando in a movie on television. The story is part of the collection "Hot Water Music" Nonetheless, Gilliam treasured the time he got to spend with Brando.
The role later was played by Oliver Reed , who spent his time drinking and trying to seduce Uma Thurman , who was a virgin at the time. However, Brando had become notoriously reclusive by the time the project got underway and turned down the role. He was an avid user of the Internet in his final years, often going into chat rooms to start arguments. Subject of the song "I'm Stuck in a Condo with Mr. Marlon Brando" by The Dickies. Brando , among others. Originally considered too young at 23 to play Stanley Kowalski in the Broadway version of "A Streetcar Named Desire", and the producers of the show tried to get year-old Burt Lancaster , newly a huge star in movies thanks to The Killers When Lancaster was unable to get permission from the film studio, Brando was given the part and became an overnight sensation.
Turned down Edmund Purdom 's role in The Egyptian He was originally cast in John Wayne 's role as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror , but backed out at the last minute. A large part of his estate was bought by entrepreneur Keya Morgan. Scofield accepted the role, but had to drop out of shooting after breaking his arm and was replaced by Richard Burton. Nicholson later bought Brando's home from his estate.
Brando's first Oscar nomination for A Streetcar Named Desire marked his first of four consecutive nominations, a feat he shares with Jennifer Jones , Thelma Ritter , Elizabeth Taylor and Al Pacino However, he did consider The Marx Brothers "embarassing". Former brother-in-law of Eliot Asinof. Encouraged Johnny Depp to get himself a private island just like his one in Tahiti. In the summer of , he started shooting a movie called "Divine Rapture" in the tiny Irish village of Ballycotton, County Cork.
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Marlon was playing a priest in the film and he had dyed his hair red for the role. Shooting began, but was never completed due to lack of financing. Volume 7, , pages Spoke French fluently, from his marriage to his Mutiny on the Bounty co-star Tarita. The movie was the first Brando had made in nine years. He claimed that MGM reneged on its own matching contribution to the group and that he was uncertain how much the group received from MGM because of his percentage.
Brando's anger with MGM over reneging on its charitable contribution and for cutting his scenes which he felt were a more forceful indictment of apartheid and had been done to prevent South Africa's then-apartheid government from banning the studio's films was felt to be one of the reasons that Brando gave his first interview in many years. While making Mutiny on the Bounty in Tahiti, Brando fell in love with the place. So in , he purchased Tetiaroa, a small atoll located approximately 30 miles north of Tahiti.
Tetiaroa is to be the site of a lavish new ecological hotel called The Brando. Consisting of 30 deluxe fares villas , it will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa. In the last three years of his life, Marlon filmed a series of classes of him giving acting lessons to Sean Penn , Jon Voight and Nick Nolte.
The DVDs were never released publicly following his death. He died in at age 80, from obesity, pulmonary fibrosis, diabetes, cardiac failure, and an enlarged liver suggesting cancer. His Sacheen Littlefeather controversy at the Oscars resulted in the Academy setting stricter rules that nominees cannot send someone else to accept the award onstage or address the audience, and only the presenter is allowed to accept on the winner's behalf. Exceptions are made in the case that the honoree genuinely could not attend due to illness or death. One of four multiple acting Oscar winners whose wins were all in Best Picture Oscar winners the others being Dustin Hoffman , Gene Hackman and Mahershala Ali , with his and Hoffman's being both for in the lead category.
Charlie Bluhdorn , who owned Paramount, demanded that he surrender his points for the cash, and Brando did. Upon its release, "The Godfather" became the top-grossing film of all time. Brando was so angry, he refused to appear in The Godfather: Part II unless he was compensated for his bad deal.
Paramount refused. Paramount cast Robert Redford instead. Brando was a great fan of French actress Arletty , who had played Blanche Dubois on the Paris stage and was in a film he greatly admired, Children of Paradise When he went to Paris, he made it a point to meet her but was disappointed, calling her a "real tough bird". Acquired the nickname of 'Bud' to distinguish himself from his father whom he disliked. When asked to contribute to his biography for the theater program of "I Remember Mama", Brando claimed he was born in Calcutta and had a Great Dane whom he feeds "dehydrated cubes of dog food".
Brando slept on the couch and was a voracious eater. Brando agreed to appear in Candy as a favour to friend Christian Marquand, who helped with Brando's negotiations with the French government in purchasing the Tahitian island of Tetiaroa. Brando enjoyed talking to strangers on other islands or passing boats on his ham radio anonymously. He did not used his real name, and often called himself "Mike" or "Matin Bumby" and spoke in very believable French, German and Japanese accents.
He won his first Oscar for On the Waterfront on March 20, , four days before he turned age 31, making him the youngest Best Actor winner. He held the record for 23 years. In late , this was suggested that he might play William the Conqueror in an epic film which would be the first Cinerama movie to tell a dramatic story instead of being simply a travelogue. Reports suggested that Maria Schell might be his leading lady, that Christopher Fry might write the script and that Laurence Olivier might direct.
However, the film was never made, and it seems likely that none of these celebrities was actually made any firm offer. This was several years more before the first narrative films in Cinerama. Was one of the many Hollywood celebrities who like to make weekend visit's to Ralph Helfer 's "Africa U. About a year into the run of A Streetcar Named Desire on the New York stage he was fooling around with some of the guys backstage and ended up with a broken nose. Soon after his birth the family moved to Libertyville, Illinois where he was raised.
In his youth, he praised Fredric March as his favorite actor. During his emotional performance in "The Men", he brought co-star Teresa Wright to tears. The Godfather and Apocalypse Now On the Waterfront and The Godfather both won. Mutiny on the Bounty and Apocalypse Now were the only two out of these for which he was not also nominated for Best Actor.
As he rarely signed autographs; his checks became sought after collector's items. They kept in contact and exchanged correspondence on a regular basis until Bow's death from a heart attack on September 27, He has also directed one film that is in the registry: One-Eyed Jacks. The more sensitive you are, the more likely you are to be brutalised, develop scabs and never evolve. Never allow yourself to feel anything because you always feel too much.
The only thing an actor owes his public is not to bore them. I don't know what people expect when they meet me. They seem to be afraid that I'm going to piss in the potted palm and slap them on the ass. I put on an act sometimes, and people think I'm insensitive. Really, it's like a kind of armour because I'm too sensitive. If there are two hundred people in a room and one of them doesn't like me, I've got to get out. If you're successful, acting is about as soft a job as anybody could ever wish for. But if you're unsuccessful, it's worse than having a skin disease.
He never wondered, he never doubted. His ego was very secure. And he had the kind of brutal aggressiveness that I hate. I'm afraid of it. I detest the character. I don't want to spread the peanut butter of my personality on the mouldy bread of the commercial press. The most repulsive thing you could ever imagine is the inside of a camel's mouth. That and watching a girl eat octopus or squid. With women, I've got a long bamboo pole with a leather loop on the end.
I slip the loop around their necks so they can't get away or come too close. Like catching snakes. If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives. I put on some makeup, stuffed Kleenex in my cheeks and worked out the characterization first in front of a mirror, then on a television monitor. After working on it, I decided I could create a characterization that would support the story. The people at Paramount saw the footage and liked it, and that's how I became the Godfather. They say, "What did you do while you took time out?
But the fact is, making movies is time out for me because the rest, the nearly complete whole, is what's real for me. I'm not an actor and haven't been for years. I'm a human being - hopefully a concerned and somewhat intelligent one - who occasionally acts. Regret is useless in life. It's in the past. All we have is now. Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. Quitting acting is a sign of maturity. Even today I can't pay a check in Little Italy. It was an ass-breaker. You work yourself to death.
You're the first one up in the morning I mean, we shot that thing [ One-Eyed Jacks ] on the run, you know. You make up the dialog the scene before, improvising, and your brain is going crazy. I don't like to think that way. Everybody has their own value in different ways, and I don't like to think who's the best at this. I mean, what's the point of it? I've made all the money I need to make.
I won a couple of Academy Awards if I ever cared about that. I've been nominated I don't know how many times and I'm in a position of respect and standing in my craft as an actor in this country. So what the hell, I don't need to gild the lily. I don't think ever in my life that so many people were so directly responsible for my being so very, very happy. If the vacuum formed by Dr. He had to be done away with. The American government couldn't let him live. If 23 million blacks found a charismatic leader like he was, they would have followed him.
The powers that be couldn't accept that. It is a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life.
It seems to me hilarious that our government put the face of Elvis Presley on a postage stamp after he died from an overdose of drugs. His fans don't mention that because they don't want to give up their myths. They ignore the fact that he was a drug addict and claim he invented rock 'n' roll when in fact he took it from black culture; they had been singing that way for years before he came along, copied them and became a star. I'm one of those people who believes that if I'm very good in this life I'll go to France when I die.
Even today, I meet people who think of me automatically as a tough, insensitive, coarse guy named Stanley Kowalski. They can't help it, but it is troubling. A movie that I was in, called On the Waterfront : there was a scene in a taxicab, where I turn to my brother, who's come to turn me over to the gangsters, and I lament to him that he never looked after me, he never gave me a chance, that I could have been a contender, I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum And people often spoke about that, "Oh, my God, what a wonderful scene, Marlon, blah blah blah blah blah.
The situation was wonderful. Everybody feels like he could have been a contender, he could have been somebody, everybody feels as though he's partly bum, some part of him. He is not fulfilled and he could have done better, he could have been better. Everybody feels a sense of loss about something. So that was what touched people. It wasn't the scene itself. There are other scenes where you'll find actors being expert, but since the audience can't clearly identify with them, they just pass unnoticed.
Wonderful scenes never get mentioned, only those scenes that affect people. Most people want those fantasies of those who are worthy of our hate - we get rid of a lot of anger that way; and of those who are worthy of our idolatry. Whether it's Farrah Fawcett or somebody else, it doesn't make a difference. They're easily replaceable units, pick 'em out like a card file. Johnnie Ray enjoyed that kind of hysterical popularity, celebration, and then suddenly he wasn't there anymore. The Beatles are now nobody in particular. Once they set screaming crowds running after them, they ran in fear of their lives, they had special tunnels for them.
They can walk almost anyplace now. Because the fantasy is gone. Elvis Presley - bloated, over the hill, adolescent entertainer, suddenly drawing people into Las Vegas - had nothing to do with excellence, just myth. It's convenient for people to believe that something is wonderful, therefore they're wonderful. If Wally [ Wally Cox ] had been a woman, I would have married him and we would have lived happily ever after.
The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money. Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite. This is a false world. It's been a struggle to try to preserve my sanity and sense of reality taken away by success. I have to fight hard to preserve that sense of reality so as to bring up my children. I always enjoyed watching John Wayne , but it never occurred to me until I spoke with Indians how corrosive and damaging and destructive his movies were - most Hollywood movies were.
You can't even get mad at it; it's so insane that there's just nothing to say about it. He would be, according to his point of view, someone not disposed to returning any of the colonial possessions in Africa or Asia to their rightful owners. He would be sharing a perspective with B. Vorster if he were in South Africa. He would be on the side of Ian Smith. He would have shot down Gandhi [ Mohandas K. Gandhi ], called him a rabble rouser. The only freedom fighters he would recognize would be those who were fighting Communists; if they were fighting to get out from under colonial rule, he'd call them terrorists.
The Indians today he'd call agitators, terrorists, who knows? If John Wayne ran for President, he would get a great following I think he's been enormously instrumental in perpetuating this view of the Indian as a savage, ferocious, destructive force. He's made us believe things about the Indian that were never true and perpetuated the myth about how wonderful the frontiersmen were and how decent and honorable we all were.
Everybody ought not to turn his back on the phenomenon of hatred in whatever form it takes. We have to find out what the anatomy of hatred is before we can understand it. We have to make some attempt to put it into some understandable form. Any kind of group hatred is extremely dangerous and much more volatile than individual hatred. Heinous crimes are committed by groups and it's all done, of course, in the name of right, justice. It's John Wayne. It's the way he thinks. All the crimes committed against Indians are not considered crimes by John Wayne.
I don't see anybody as evil. When you start seeing people as evil, you're in trouble. The thing that's going to save us is understanding. Just to dispense with them as evil is not enough, because it doesn't bring you understanding. You have to see them for what they are.
You have to examine John Wayne. He's not a bad person. Who among us is going to say he's a bad man? He feels justified for what he does. The damage that he does he doesn't consider damage, he thinks it's an honest presentation of the facts. Three or four times, I've pulled a gun on somebody. I had a problem after Charles Manson , deciding to get a gun.
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But I didn't want somebody coming in my house and committing mayhem. The Hillside Strangler victims - one of the girls was found in back of my Los Angeles house. My next-door neighbor was murdered, strangled in the bathroom. Mulholland Drive is full of crazy people. We have nuts coming up and down all the time. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me. But if there is someone who is convinced that Jack Nicholson and I are lovers, may they continue to do so. I find it amusing.
I know I'm not an easy person to get along with, I'm no walk in the park. Superduper patriots like John Ford could never say that the American government was at fault. He made the evil cavalry captain a foreigner. John Ford had him speak with a thick accent, you didn't know what he was, but you knew he didn't represent Mom's apple pie. You're not going to call The Rolling Stones artists. I hate rock 'n' roll. It's ugly. I liked it when the blacks had it in Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent. Humphrey Bogart played himself in every movie.
Clark Gable always played Clark Gable. He ought to get away from this rather nervous character that he's played since Midnight Cowboy Then we'd really be able to see that he's a complete actor. The good directors that I've worked with will say I'm a good guy. The other fellows will say I'm a bad guy. She had been beaten down, but had a strong emotional intelligence -- a keen intuition for the feelings of others, the most refined type of intelligence. We had an affair and saw each other intermittently until she died in It's been speculated that she had a secret rendezvous with [ Robert F.
Kennedy ] that week and was distraught because he wanted to end an affair between them. But she didn't seem depressed to me, and I don't think that if she was sleeping with him at the time she would have invited me over for dinner. I'm sure she didn't commit suicide. I have always believed that she was murdered. At Paramount, I sat at lunch with John Wayne.
I couldn't even talk. Do you remember when Marilyn Monroe died? Everybody stopped work, and you could see all that day the same expressions on their faces, the same thought: "How can a girl with success, fame, youth, money, beauty Most New York and Beverly Hills psychoanalysts are a little crazy themselves, as well as highly motivated to separate patients from their money while making their emotional problems worse. Some people worshipped him, but I never knew why. I bumped into Marilyn Monroe at a party. While other people drank and danced, she sat by herself in a corner almost unnoticed, playing the piano.
If given the choice between Kenneth Branagh 's production of Henry V or Arnold Schwarzenegger 's The Terminator , there's hardly a question of where most television dials would be turned. If the expenditure of money for entertainment in America is any indication of taste, clearly the majority of us are addicted to trash. When I saw The Godfather the first time, it made me sick; all I could see were my mistakes and I hated it. But years later, when I saw it on television from a different perspective, I decided it was a pretty good film.
I never meant anything more in my life. I had a great deal of respect for Don Corleone; I saw him as a man of substance, tradition, dignity, refinement, a man of unerring instinct who just happened to live in a violent world and who had to protect himself and his family in this environment. I saw him as a decent person regardless of what he had to do, as a man who believed in family values and was shaped by events just like the rest of us.
On The Godfather , I had signs and cue cards everywhere -- on my shirt sleeves, on a watermelon and glued to the scenery. Not memorizing lines increased the illusion of reality and spontaneity. News is business. And, uh, people sell news, and unfortunately people in my position are in the public eye, are sellable commodities, but they're not any different than Kleenex or Dial Soap or anything else.
And uh, so if we find something out that's about your sex life, or something you do with your fingernails after you cut them off, if you smoke the grime from your navel, then That's important But anyway, it doesn't matter. Because, finally, you know I've found that people really don't believe all the nonsense they read. And they look at you when they meet you, and wonder if it's true, but they finally make a decision based on what their experience with you personally is. Michael is an average man in an average world.
He has never had anything special He has never had anything special happen in his life; however, he is happy with the situation he is in. Nonetheless, there is a series of events that leads to a View Product. Classical Composers. This selection of drawings of classical, romantic, and a few modern composers represents part of This selection of drawings of classical, romantic, and a few modern composers represents part of a larger collection of drawings made as cover illustrations for KMFA-FM, a listener-supported radio station in Austin, Texas.
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Mandy, the adoring wife. Barry, the pillar of strength. Then something happened. Mandy is plunged into darkness, caught in the depths of despair from a terminal disease. She turned to Command Screen. Commander Michael Canseco has arrived at a defining moment in his career. After completing a After completing a successful series of demanding assignments, he is assigned Temporary Additional Duty to the Washington, DC, area awaiting Permanent Change of Station orders.
His assignment to Discoveries Through Meditation. A peaceful and harmonious life is available to those who obtain the right information. That information, the ultimate truth, is and will always be present in the empty silence of meditation. By mastering this eternal, unchanging art, it is possible Etude: A Novella. Donovan Hamilton is an Oklahoman, born in his grandparent's ranch-house which is noted for being