WEIRDLAND: American Rebels

Saturday, September 30, 2006

American Rebels






4 comments :

countsheep said...

I haven't realised how much James Dean and Jake Gyllenhaal have in common. Thanks for outlining them with these picutres.

Kendra said...

To tell the truth, countsheep, James Dean is the actor/Hollywood legend/star whom most easily I can draw paralells with Jake.

The Bearded Lady said...

Other than thick similar 50's hair style , both actors and handsome.
I see them as very different.
Did you know Dean was obsessed with Marlon Brando?

This is from IMDB

"According to Marlon Brando, Dean would often call him, leaving messages with Brando's answering service. Brando would sometimes listen, silently, as Dean instructed the service to have Brando call back. Brando, disturbed that Dean was copying his life-style (motorcyle, bongo drums) and acting techniques, did not return his calls. The two met at least three times: on the set of East of Eden (1955), on the set of Desirée (1954), and at a party, where Brando took Dean aside and told him he had emotional problems that required psychiatric attention."

Kendra said...

Yes, Tbl, according to a related articlein 1954 Elia Kazan, who previously had directed Marlon Brando in "A streetcar named desire" (1951) offered James Dean the role for "East of Eden" due to the great admiration/obsession Kazan knew James Dean professed towards Brando, but Brando took Dean aside and told him he had emotional problems that required psychiatric attention." is just too much! Anyways, I prefer Dean above Brando, I think Marlon was a more patriarchal model and James more modern and sensitive.