Hello, and welcome to this year’s new installment of “Man-Crush Monday!” 🙂
Today, I am featuring none other than the dashingly-wild Marlon Brando, a classic Hollywood actor best known for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Godfather (1972), Last Tango in Paris (1972), and many more.
Brando was a pioneer in the Hollywood industry during the mid-20th century, demonstrating what is known as “method acting,” a drama technique that has the actor internally and externally reflect the “truth” in his character. In other words, the actor takes on the character’s mannerisms and ways of thinking, continuing to stay in character even when off-screen. It is no wonder that, as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando makes the audience fully believe that he, indeed, is the volatile, misogynistic Stanley Kowalski.
I first saw Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, watching the film during my junior year of high school. Even though he played a total jerk in the film, his bad-boy persona just oozed sex-appeal, and damn, he was so attractive…I ended up re-watching the film this summer, and I have to say that it is a really good film for its time. Definitely a classic, definitely a favorite. 🙂
The 1950’s and 1960’s proved to be Brando’s busiest decades, in which he starred in over twenty-four films and acting in numerous plays. He continued his acting streak throughout the 1970’s, albeit starring as older, wiser roles like Don Vito in The Godfather and Paul in Last Tango in Paris. I watched the latter over the summer and, while not my cup of tea, was nevertheless a truly art-experimental film.
While a prolific, highly-regarded actor during his time, Brando was also the center of the media’s attention: his troubled family life, as well as his reputation for being difficult to work with on-set, made him quite the character in the Hollywood industry. Yet, despite his notoriety, Brando was also involved in good causes, being an activist for the African-American Civil Rights Movement and American Indian movements. He was also fluent in French, which he used in his role in Last Tango in Paris. To be able to speak another language, well, that definitely captures my heart. ❤
Marlon Brando’s acting career slowly declined beginning in the 1980’s and 1990s; his last film was in 2001 with the crime-drama The Score. He died on July 1st, 2004 at the age of eighty from respiratory failure. Despite his tragic death, his legacy continues to live on, in Hollywood and through his fans, old and new alike.
Give him some love, will you? And welcome to the new year! 🙂
— The Finicky Cynic
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