Marlon Brando Quotes

Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life.

Marlon Brando

On the day Kazan showed me the completed picture I was so depressed by my performance that I got up and left the screening room.

Marlon Brando

I was surprised as anyone when T-shirts, jeans and leather jackets suddenly became symbols of rebellion. In the film there was a scene in which somebody asked my character, Johnny, what I was rebelling against, and I answered 'Whaddya got?' But none of us involved in the picture ever imagined that it would instigate or encourage youthful rebellion.

Marlon Brando

Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life.

Marlon Brando

It is a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek.

Marlon Brando

Kazan is a performer's director, the best director I ever worked with... Most actors don't get any help from directors. Emotional help, if you're playing an emotional part. Kazan is the only one I know who really gives you help.

Marlon Brando

Bertolucci is extraordinary in his ability to perceive, he's a poet...he is very easy to work for.

Marlon Brando

I think awards in this country at this time are inappropriate to be received or given until the condition of the American Indian is drastically altered. If we are not our brother's keeper, at least let us not be his executioner.

Marlon Brando

An actor's a guy, who if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening.

Marlon Brando

I suppose the story of my life is a search for love, but more than that, I have been looking for a way to repair myself from the damages I suffered early on and to define my obligation, if I had any, to myself and my species.

Marlon Brando

The close-up says everything, it's then that an actor's learned, rehearsed behavior becomes most obvious to an audience and chips away, unconsciously, at its experience of reality. In a close-up, the audience is only inches away, and your face becomes the stage.

Marlon Brando

If a studio offered to pay me as much to sweep the floor as it did to act, I'd sweep the floor. There isn't anything that pays you as well as acting while you decide what the hell you're going to do with yourself. Who cares about the applause? Do I need applause to feel good about myself?

Marlon Brando
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