Thursday, 26 May 2016

THINK ABOUT IT #13: Marlon Brando

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… ‘You should of looked out after me, Charley.’  It was very moving.  And people often spoke about that, ‘Oh, my God, what a wonderful scene, Marlon, blah blah blah blah blah.’  It wasn’t wonderful at all.  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 that affect people.

Playboy interview (January 1979)

Click HERE to visit the website of US actor MARLON BRANDO (1924-2004), where you'll be able to read about the documentary Listen To Me Marlon, released in cinemas in November 2015.  You can also click HERE to read an article from the online archive of The Huffington Post by VIVIENNE MAYER which describes how MARLON BRANDO learned to gain confidence in himself while struggling to establish his career in New York City in the late 1940s.

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