Video: The flip side of fame: Why Marlon Brando gave up an Oscar and fled Hollywood to Tahiti
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 13:10
April 3 marks 94 years since the birth of the famous Hollywood actor, twice winner of the "Oscar" Marlon Brando … He passed away 14 years ago, leaving his fans dozens of unsolved mysteries, his heirs - a multimillion-dollar fortune, and his ex-wives, official and unofficial, - neuroses and unrecognized children. The scale of his personality was mesmerizing, his acting talent aroused admiration, he was adored by millions, and he himself answered them, if not contempt, then indifference. Universal adoration turned into loneliness for him, and fame turned into exile.
Probably, from childhood, those who were supposed to teach him to love taught him contempt and indifference. Life with a despotic father and an alcoholic mother developed in him the instinct of self-preservation instead of the habit of caring for his family and loved ones. Nevertheless, he adored his parents, although this love-hate was painful for him: "". And when Marlon grew up, he never learned to put up with the world around him.
Marlon Brando in his younger years was a reference brutal handsome man and easily won the hearts of women. Without false shyness and coquetry, he declared that it took him no more than two minutes to seduce any girl. And that was true. He enjoyed success even when he was not yet rich and famous, and after his triumph, there were hundreds of times more fans on the screens. But this fact did not bring him satisfaction: "", - he admitted in his last interview.
Fame was never really an end in itself for him - he quickly got bored of living in the world of Hollywood illusions. The actor said that the flip side of popularity was for him loneliness among thousands of people around him. Neither attempts to build a family, nor numerous novels saved from this feeling. His first wife, Anna Kashfi, characterized him as an egoist, incapable of tenderness, after their separation she became addicted to alcohol and drugs, and Brando took their son with him.
His second marriage also did not last long, but the alliance with a young Tahitian woman Tarita Teriipay lasted a record 20 years, despite the constant betrayal of her husband. For her sake, the actor bought a group of atolls off the coast of Tahiti and built a house there, which became a real refuge and salvation for him in the last years of his life. Until the age of 80, Brando lived surrounded by a whole harem of Tahitian women, never ceasing to complain of loneliness: "".
He always disregarded the Hollywood rules of life and did not miss an opportunity to demonstrate his attitude to generally accepted values. The apotheosis of this rejection was his rejection of the coveted Oscar for many actors. At that time, he had already proved everything to himself long ago - and after he woke up famous, having played in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire and in its adaptation with the famous Vivien Leigh, and after he received for the film At the Port, its first statuette at the 1954 Academy Awards ceremony, becoming its youngest winner.
In the 1960s. Brando appeared on the screens less and less - because of his difficult nature and manner of being rude, being late and being drunk for the shooting, he began to receive fewer and fewer proposals from directors. No one expected a new takeoff from him, when in 1972.he starred as Vito Corleone in Francis Coppola's The Godfather. His return to the screens was triumphant, and his success phenomenal. For this role, Marlon Brando was awarded an Oscar, but he did not appear at the awards ceremony, sending instead a girl in the national Apache costume with his letter: "".
However, this story was, rather, not about the Indians, but about Brando's relationship with the world around him and the values that dominate it. "" - said Peter Barth, vice president of Paramount Pictures.
Soon in Hollywood he felt so cramped and stuffy that he decided to say goodbye to him forever: "".
The last 10 years of his life, Marlon Brando did not give interviews and did not act in films, explaining this by the fact that recently everyone is doing it only for the sake of money, and he "".
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