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Zen Writing: An Ultimate Interview
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Excerpt from the Marlon Brando Interview:



Me:
So, let's put on the fuzz-filter, and our best acting faces...

Marlon Brando:
All right.

Me:
One of the best movies of all time, and arguably your best performance, is Kazan's On the Waterfront, for which you won the Oscar for best actor (1955).

MB:
Yes.

Me:
An identifiable quote credited from you, from that movie, has so permeated this country, and others, and has been the butt of many jokes, and the pun for many more. Naturally, no one at the time would know that this would happen, would they?

MB:
No, no, of course not.

Me:
Even though you and the other actors, even the crew, might not know that the work is to be something more than work, we've got something spectacular. But, beyond that..., overlooking that, tell me about that scene, choose an instance that is best remembered by you concerning it, good or bad, before, during, or after the production.

MB:
Of course I know what you're talking about, what you're asking. And you want me to tell you about how I feel, concerning that scene?

Me:
Yes. Even if it's your first reading, or something that happened last week...

MB:
Well, there is this moment here...(smile)

Me:
(Smiling back - I want to bust)

MB:
(silence) You're right, that there was no foresight. Steiger (he played Charlie, brother to Brando's Terry) and I worked over that scene a dozen times, and the final cut was flawless, an absolute mirror of our previous rehearsals, and if anything stands out in my mind, it's the final result. Terry is a nice kid, and wants to be a pleasing young guy, but ends up actually with his own thought, his own will. There now, in the back of that car, Charlie wants Terry to take another fall, a fall of his conscience. But Terry starts pleading. Sure, he has a gun pointed at him, and it doesn't concern it him, it shouldn't, because Charlie is his brother, and that gun will do him no harm. It's his whole life that he starts pleading for, looking up at God, "Hey, it's me, Terry. What have I done? Why has this come to pass? I could have been somebody important, somebody in control, looked to. I could've been like you."

Me:
You could have been God?

MB:
Aaah, Terry could have. He was surrounded by God-like men. Their power was out of his reach. Even the Fathers' (Karl Malden) power was confusing, misunderstood.

Me:
But, you could've still been like God?

MB:
(silence) Yes.

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