WHO WAS MORE REBELLIOUS: MARLON BRANDO OR JAMES DEAN?

Brando was more rebellious. Because his rebellion was against himself while Dean’s rebellion was against a used-car salesman, a certain Morris Lafargue who had sold him a car without a steering wheel. Marlon had also been a victim of the same car salesman (sold him an old Mustang pulled by a horse), but never held a grudge against him. Furthermore, in his will Brando gave him half his inheritance money. Brando couldn’t bear his own tough guy image. Actually, he enjoyed classical music and would have liked to be prima ballerina at the National Ballet – but had to resign because he was unable to stand on tiptoe. Anyway, in all his films he begged the director to allow him to perform a few steps of ballet in some sequence. In ‘The Godfather’, Coppola was about to acquiesce and grant him this wish. Specifically, he had in mind the sequence where Bonasera shows up at Don Vito’s on his daughter’s wedding day and asks him to murder for money. “Don Corleone, give me justice” he begs him. Coppola thought that at that moment Brando could get up and give Bonasera a little dance. Then he could ask: “Is this enough justice for you?” But Brando appeared on the set dressed in a tutu dancing with camisole leotard, and Coppola got cold feet and backed out.

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