Do you have any interesting James Dean stories?
I was watching East of Eden recently and I was struck by what a truly excellent actor he was. The movie may have bordered on being too melodramatic in parts but no one can take away the fact that his face and his body movements were so amazingly expressive of his inner mind. It made me want to know more about him so I read a bit on his Wikipedia page.
His reputation and iconic status is based on only 3 films.
He was one of the original Method actors.
Elia Kazan wanted him for the role of Cal in East of Eden. When he was introduced to John Steinbeck, the writer, Steinbeck did not like his manner but agreed that he was perfect for the role.
The scene in East of Eden when he gives his father the money and his father refuses to accept it was improvised (as was much of the physical action in the movie) It was Dean’s inspiration to throw his arms around his father and sob instead of running away. Brilliant. That scene is so touching.
What interesting facts or stories do you want to share about James Dean?