Marlon Brando (1924-2004)

[Siehe auch JumpCut Newsblog]

Gönnen wir uns nach der traurigen Nachricht vom Tod Brandos eine amüsante Stelle aus dem rund 5000 Wörter langen NYT Nachruf:

In a 1997 New York Times article on the 50th anniversary of the Actors Studio, Ann Douglas described an early acting exercise: "During one class, Stella Adler, Mr. Brando's teacher, told her students to pretend to be chickens on which an atomic bomb was about to fall. The rest of the students ran around clucking loudly and looking frantically at the sky, but Mr. Brando just sat there calmly — he was a hen, busy laying her eggs. What would a hen know or care about a bomb?"

Der im Nachruf erwähnte Essay von Pauline Kael: Marlon Brando: An American Hero

Und vielleicht wird der "New Yorker" Truman Capotes Portrait von Brando aus dem Jahre 1957 in den nächsten Tagen zugänglich machen. Nochmals die NYT:

It was while filming "Sayonara" (1957) that Mr. Brando agreed to an interview with Truman Capote for The New Yorker. The resulting article, "The Duke in His Own Domain," was a patronizing portrait of a somewhat dim prima donna. "People around me never say anything," Mr. Brando said. "They just seem to want to hear what I have to say. That's why I do all the talking." Mr. Capote expressed astonishment that Mr. Brando objected to the piece.

("The Duke in His Own Domain" ist in dem Sammelband "Life Stories: Profiles from the New Yorker" enthalten.)

Update: Der Text ist auszugsweise in der SZ vom 3.7. nachzulesen.


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