Marlon Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to his mother and father alcoholics. His mother was an aspiring actress who worked in a regional theater with Henry Fond. His father, a commercial traveler for a fertilizer company. As a young man, Marlon the younger would fascinate his brothers and sisters – he had two sisters – and his mother with his strange ability to imitate specific human behavior. In one case, he terrified them by falling to the floor, "pretending to be" an epileptic attack. They were sure that the "seizure" was real.
The family moved from time to time and it seemed that Marlon the younger developed a tendency to get into trouble. At some point, his parents surrounded him at the Shattuck Military Academy in the hope that the new ambience would provide him with a degree of discipline and guidance. Their plan retreated when Marlon was thrown out (he was a notorious prankster and after a joke too Marlon was history). At some point, without the real tendency to talk about him, he came to New York and applied for some hours of acting. Irwin Piscator from the New School and Robert Lewis (formerly known acting teacher and director) were among his teachers. But the teacher who most influenced his craft, the one who recognized him as her most influential teacher, was Stella Adler. Ms. Adler was one of the original members Group Theater and daughter of James Adler, a giant in Yiddish Theater. Adler also taught him well, and Brando, who had a huge talent (Elia Kazan and Tennessee Williams thought he was a genius), became a master.
During the 1940s, Brando appeared on Broadway Tea Party In August, a flag was born, I remember mom, truck cafes and a tram called "Wish". After I saw Brenda at Maxwell Anderson Truckline Cafe, t Elijah Kazan was impressed. When it's time to cast a stake Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams & # 39; A tram called the Desire, Brando was his first choice. To seal the deal, Branda sent to Provincetown to audition for Tennessee Williams. Kazan took Brando 20 dollars and sent it. Three days later, Kazan received a call from Williams who told Kazan that Brando never appeared. Knowing Brand's habits, Kazan was convinced that Brando, the free spirit who was, used the money for something else and that now he set off to Provincetown to meet and read William. Of course, Kazan received a second phone call from Williams who said that Brando who finally arrived delayed because he was hungry and used money to buy food. He continued to hypnotize Williams by reading Stanley. That was it. Brando would play Stanley i Blanche, Stella and Mitch played by Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden (who played with Brenda in Truckline Cafe) , respectively. Nick Dennis, Peg Hilliard and Rudy Bond have been excavated Actors Studio to round up other major players and Irene O. Selznick, wife David O. Selznicka and Daisy B. Mayer's daughter, would produce.
When the rehearsals began, it began to form something extraordinary. Something neither Kazan nor Irena O. Selznick nor any other actors have ever experienced. Brando was the force of nature. First and foremost (by its own description) an instinctive actor, who followed his instincts at every step, sometimes confusing members of the actors. " It seems that his every word is not something to remember, but spontaneously expressing intense inner experience – what is the level of work that all players want to achieve. " Brando was inflammable, raw, vulnerable, alive and fierce. Nothing about his work was ignored or fictitious. "Marlon, working from the inside, drove his emotions to where he took him, his performance was full of surprises and surpassed what we Williams and I expected.
Those of you who watched the movie know that the criminal assessment of Brand performance is by no means an exaggeration. Brando was the embodiment of what it means " live true in given imaginary circumstances. " Sometimes there were complaints; "You never know what to do next, where it will be or what it will say." says Vivien Leigh, his actress in the movie version. Brando challenged other players and made them better for that. They were forced to "listen" and "react". He held them on his fingers and in the end everyone was grateful for making them better. He did not intend to compromise his instinctive choices because someone would have complained or, perhaps, offended.
One of the keys to good acting is learning the importance of staying at the moment, putting all your attention on subject to your behavior, listening, and you react from your true viewpoints. Meisner emphasized this in his technique and created it Repeat exercises to help actors develop their instincts. I have no idea if Brando had any influence on Meisner's technique. What I know is that Marlon Brando presented every specific quality that every good / good actor needs not only to be successful, but also to maintain a career. If you look at him over and over again, you will see why he had such an impact on all players with what he has ever done. It did not matter who opposes him, your attention is always drawn to him. When it's not on the screen, everything slows down. This is not a blow to other big players who came out of the scene and film. The fact is (in my humble opinion) that in his best bet there has never been anyone like him.
* This is a book about Borzo published by Alfred A. Knopf, INC. Copyright 1988 by Elia Kazan