|Quotes By Marlon Brando“An actor’s a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening.”
“He never wondered, he never doubted. His ego was very secure. And he had the kind of brutal aggressiveness I hate. I’m afraid of it. I detest the character.”
– On the character Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire”
“The only thing an actor owes his public is not to bore them.”
“I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender.”
“Food has always been my friend. When I wanted to feel better or had a crisis in my life, I opened the icebox.”
“I’m not interested in making an assessment of myself and stripping myself for the general public to view.”
“I think I would have liked to be a caveman, a Neolithic person.”
“Too much success can ruin you as surely as too much failure.”
“I know it can be hard for a troubled kid like (James Dean) to have to live up to sudden fame and the ballyhoo Hollywood created around him. I saw it happen to Marilyn (Monroe) and I also knew it from my own experience. In trying to copy me, I think Jimmy was only attempting to deal with these insecurities, but I told him it was a mistake.”
“I fashioned myself into the protector of weaker things.”
“If I hadn’t been an actor, I’ve often thought I’d have become a con man and wound up in jail.”
“I did my best to tear the school apart and not get caught at it. I wanted to destroy the place. I hated authority and did everything I could to defeat it by resisting it, subverting it, tricking it and outmaneuvering it. I would do anything to avoid being treated like a cipher.”
“Acting is an illusion, a form of histrionic slight of hand, and in order to carry it off, an actor must have intense concentration. Before I go into a scene, I study it, almost psychoanalyze it. Then I discuss it with the director and then rehearse it. When actual shooting commences, I put in earplugs to screen out the extraneous noises that inevitably prick at one’s concentration.”
“With so much prejudice, racial discrimination, injustice, hatred, poverty, starvation and suffering in the world, making movies seemed increasingly silly and irrelevant.”
“I love the wind! When I die, I’m going to be part of it!”
Quotes About Marlon Brando
“We are all Brando’s children.”
“He was deeply rebellious against the bourgeois spirit, the over-ordering of life.”
“Unsmiling American leading actor whose prototype is the primitive modern male.”
“His features are an odd combination of sensitivity and brutality.”
“The younger generation responds to (Brando’s) honesty and his obvious agony. Older generations, brought up on the notion that movie heroes should be romanticized and idealized males, remain disconcerted by the phenomenon of Brando. Perhaps they see too clearly in him the failures of the world they made.”
“As a movie actor he has no peer in this generation. That he consistently underplays, yet still packs more emotion into a scene than anyone else, is a sign of a charisma that may be an act of God.”
“What added to Brando’s mystique went beyond his leather clad pose in “The Wild One” and his authoritative rasp in “The Godfather” – his obsessive need for privacy, his activism on behalf of Native Americans, and his ability to turn the tables on a Hollywood that would just as soon turn him into a product as indulge his artistic leanings would be parroted by scores of bad boy actors in his wake.”
“He has altered the way we think of acting.”
“If Stanislavsky’s writings became the bible for anyone serious about digging deep for a character’s essence, then Brando became the poster boy for The Method.”
“No actor of my generation has possessed greater natural gifts; but none other has transported intellectual falsity to higher levels of hilarious pretension.”
“An angel as a man, a monster as an actor.”
“He was in a unique position. He could have done anything. But he didn’t choose to.”
“So real was his portrayal of the boorish Stanley Kowalski (in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’) that people confused the man with the role – as they did throughout his career, especially with brooding or rebellious characters.”
“In the early 1950s, movie stars were expected to be models of glamour when they appeared in public. Brando went around in T-shirts and bluejeans. The Hollywood establishment did not quite know what to make of Brando. It never did.”
“If you consider the people who are myths in their own lifetime – people like James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley – he was certainly in that rank. And just to have survived that kind of life to be 80 years old is pretty remarkable. He was a tough guy.”
“Through his own intense concentration on what he is thinking or doing at each moment he is on the stage, all our attention focuses on him.”
“(Marlon Brando was) more than a uniquely gifted and influential actor. He was also an aroused citizen with broad social perspectives. Generous with his friendship and candid personal insights, he was an endlessly entertaining good neighbor. Annette (Benning) and I will miss him very much.”
“There’s no one before or since like Marlon Brando. The gift was enormous and flawless, like Picasso. Brando was a genius who was the beginning and end of his own revolution….You didn’t rush him. He had a tremendous gift just in his stillness. I was in high school when I saw ‘The Wild One.’ He changed my life forever…a monumental artist….There was no way to follow in his footsteps. He was just too large and just too far out of sight. He truly shook the world, and his influence will be there long into the future.”
“Transplanted to Hollywood from the Broadway stage, his potent and many-sided talent exploded on the screen and presaged a revolutionary new style in movie-acting.”
“Nobody, nothing, no amount of money can make him behave. He’s got to be his own master, even though he may not yet have mastered himself.”
“He is the most dynamic actor of his generation, whose career is periodically renewed by performances of magnetic power.”
“Even with naturalistic film actors like Spencer Tracy or Jimmy Stewart, audiences knew they were watching rehearsed make-believe. Brando occasionally slouched, scratched, mumbled and looked around the room; it seemed the camera was capturing not a performance, but human behavior. His nasal, sometimes halting rhythms gave the impression that he was inventing his dialogue on the spot.”
“Marlon Brando (was a) rebellious prodigy who electrified a generation and forever transformed the art of screen acting. (He was) a truly revolutionary film presence who strode through American popular culture like lightning on legs….Simply put, in film acting, there is before Brando, and there is after Brando. And they are like different worlds. Virtually all of the finest male stars who have emerged in the last half-century, from Paul Newman to Warren Beatty to Robert De Niro to Sean Penn, contain some echo of Mr. Brando’s paradigm.”
“Marlon Brando has finally connected with a character and a film that need not embarrass America’s most complex, most idiosyncratic film actor.”
“He was inquisitive about everything and informed about many topics – physics, Shakespeare, philosophy, chess, religion, music, chemistry, genetics, scatology, psychology, shoe making, and whatever else he might suggest we discuss.”
“Marlon Brando had an innate shrewdness, finding ways to do things better than everyone else. One of the great tragedies is that Brando never developed his tremendous potential. He really was the godfather to young actors coming up in the seventies and even today. He was the guy, really, more than (Laurence) Olivier, or anybody.”
“Brando acted with an empathy and an instinctual understanding that not even the greatest technical performers could possibly match.”
In “The Wild One,” “Brando played Johnny, the leader of a motorcycle gang that ran roughshod over the residents of a small town. Brando’s role as the swaggering, leather-clad biker solidified his place as the prototypical rebel. In response to the line, ‘Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?’ Brando’s retort, ‘Whaddya got?’ was seen as an alarming sign of the times.”
His character “Could only feel it, act it out, be ‘The Wild One’ – and God knows how many kids felt, ‘That’s the story of my life.’”
On Brando as “Stanley Kowalski” in “A Streetcar Named Desire”:
“Every word seemed not something memorized but the spontaneous expression of an inner experience – which is the level of work all actors strive to reach.”
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- An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
Cato The Elder
- We live in a rainbow of Chaos.
- Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- In some cases, non-violence requires more militancy than violence.
- When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it cannot be cured.
- The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
–G. K. Chesterton
- A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood.
- It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
- Success is never final.
- Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
- When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it–this is knowledge.
- Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
- History is a vast early warning system.
- A good book has no ending.