“I coulda been a contender.”
“Make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
“What are you rebelling against?” “Whaddya got?”
“You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to pick up the bill.”
The guy put some phrases into the langauge that people’ll be saying long after they remember why.
Marlon Brando was one of those impossible artists. Hard to take — only his ego was bigger than his belly — but irreplaceable.
Who else could’ve been Kurtz in “Apocolypse Now”? Why does any actor even bother to audition for the role of Stanley in “A Streetcar Named Desire”?
Yeah, the guy took some silly roles, like Superman’s dad, and he behaved badly too many times to count.
But when the guy was on, he was on.
Here’s the New York Times obit.
Simply put: In film acting, there is before Brando, and there is after Brando. And they are like different planets.