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Marlon Brando Referred to as James Dean “Final 12 months’s Expertise”

Referring to one thing as “so final yr” might appear to be a contemporary insult, however one previous Hollywood star was already utilizing it about 70 years in the past. James Dean and Marlon Brando are two of the largest film icons of all time. Lots has been mentioned, written, and rumored about their connection—together with whether or not or not they ever had an affair—and one story that has repeatedly surfaced is that Brando thought Dean was a copycat, who was attempting to go of Brando’s performing model as his personal. Brando reportedly made one remark after seeing Dean’s first movie, East of Eden, that was notably slicing. Learn on to see what he needed to say.

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Marlon Brando standing next to his Oscar in 1954
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By the point Dean began making films, Brando, who was seven years older, was already established as an actor and turning into well-known for his methodology performing model. Dean studied methodology performing himself on the Actors Studio in New York Metropolis. In keeping with the e book The Methodology: How the Twentieth Century Discovered to Act (through Vulture), Dean additionally studied Brando particularly and watched his 1950 film The Males repeatedly. The e book additionally experiences that after Brando noticed East of Eden, he mentioned that Dean was “carrying my final yr’s wardrobe and utilizing my final yr’s expertise.”

James Dean in a publicity still for
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The Methodology: How the Twentieth Century Discovered to Act notes that this wasn’t the one time Brando made this kind of remark about Dean. In keeping with the e book, actor Norma Connolly mentioned that Dean confirmed as much as an Oscar get together carrying a T-shirt and attempting to get consideration by drumming on pots and pans. When Brando arrived to the get together in a go well with, he supposedly mentioned of Dean’s informal look, “That was final yr, Jimmy.”

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Marlon Brando, James Dean, and others at Twentieth Century Fox studios in 1954 at the time Brando was filming
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In 1957, Brando was interviewed for The New Yorker by Truman Capote and spoke about Dean, who had died two years earlier.

“No, Dean was by no means a pal of mine … I hardly knew him. However he had an idée fixe about me,” Brando mentioned. “No matter I did he did. He was at all times attempting to get near me. He used to name up. I would hearken to him speaking to the answering service, asking for me, leaving messages. However I by no means spoke up. I by no means known as him again.”

Brando additionally mentioned that he instructed Dean see an “analyst.” He defined, “[W]hen I lastly met Dean, it was at a celebration. The place he was throwing himself round, performing the madman. So I spoke to him. I took him apart and requested him did not he know he was sick? That he wanted assist? He listened to me. He knew he was sick. I gave him the identify of an analyst, and he went. And at the least his work improved. Towards the tip, I feel he was starting to seek out his personal manner as an actor.”

James Dean in a publicity still from Warner Bros. Pictures circa 1950s
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In keeping with The Methodology: How the Twentieth Century Discovered to Act, Dean defended himself in opposition to claims he was copying Brando. “[W]hen a brand new actor comes alongside, he is at all times in comparison with another person,” Dean reportedly instructed the press. “Individuals had been telling me I behaved like Brando earlier than I knew who Brando was … I’ve my very own private rebellions and do not need to depend on Brando’s.”

Dean solely starred in three films throughout his profession, two of which—Insurgent And not using a Trigger and Large—had been launched after his 1955 dying in a automobile crash. The actor was nominated for 2 posthumous Academy Awards: Finest Actor in 1956 for East of Eden and Finest Actor in 1957 for Large.

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