Character Analysis: Marlon Brando

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Marlon Brando
“For my generation and generations to come, Marlon Brando represents truth and frankness as a public figure. Everything we know about the screenplay revolution is thanks to him: when you compare his work from the Quay to The Last Tango in Paris, you see the lightest possible, and full of sensations. "- (Martin Scorsese)
Despite his German-British origins, Marlon Brando was the most influential actor in the history of the American cinema and even the most "disturbing" critic. Roger Ebert, said, "There is no one before or ever since that has been like Marlon Brando.” Jack Nicholson also said “He was so ingenious that it was the beginning of a revolution, and at the end of it was the end of a special revolution in the world of acting.
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His first Broadway show was in the romantic play "Remember Mama" in 1944. He was chosen by theater critics in New York City as the most promising actor of his role in Truckline Café in 1946.

The Godfather
Don. Vito Corleone
Producers didn’t want to choose Marlon Brando to play Don. Vito Corleone, the eldest Corleone family in The Godfather, because of his failed experiments in recent years. They chose Lawrence Olivier and Edward Robinson for the role, but director Francis Ford Coppola insisted on playing one of the most important roles in the American cinema.

Brando insisted on not keeping the role in the Godfather film, and followed another technique that made his performance more spontaneous. He wrote the scene dialogue on a piece of paper and placed it next to the camera to read it while filming, in a way closer to the method used on television. That method makes the viewer feel that the actor does not repeat the words that he/she memorized.

While training to play a role without Vito Corleone, Brando put cotton in his mouth to allow him to speak in the film. While he was acting in the filming, he asked a dentist to install an artificial jaw, allowing him to perform the role with a hoarse voice as he thought it should

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