While random repeated connection and soundbites are not uncommon in the magical world of Hollywood by gushing by the journalists worship the elites like Gods, some stick out. Take the case of three actors almost inseparable when it comes to quotes. James Dean, Marlon Brando and Mickey Rourke. Journalists often rip off very good quotes that then become canon within the movie world but it’s more with these three, a spiritual connection, a binding of acting souls that seems to transcend the usual content stealing by journalist. Marlon Brando and Dean. A connection not easily explained but very real.
If Marlon Brando faked his death by preserving his organs the way modern actors seem to preserve their faces and James Dean was really a vampire who secretly decided acting wasn’t for him then what conversation would these three have? All three were somewhat coy with the media and preferred a private life that was private so could they tell us? Perhaps that’s the thing, the similarities between these three runs very deep, certainly deeper than acting and their screen appearances. Though not confirmed, all three have rumours of being bisexual, would make news for calamity within their personal lives more than their agents would like and were involved with what some fear can be self destructive, method acting.
Some describe The Actors Studio as the oscars cult with its vast number of statues given by the academy to members of the circle. Whether dangerous or extreme, spiritual or talent stirring, the Actors Studio awoke a beast with Brando Rourke and Dean who are connected not just by membership but also as talented outsiders who preferred to stay away from the glitz and glamour of the celeb circuit.
In a broader sense, the connection could be what can only be the very best place to perfect your craeft as a Hollywood actor, being part of The Actors Studio circle of talent. It could quite easily be argued by those aware of the inner workings of the industry that James Dean, Mickey Rourke and Marlon Brando are just a group within that magic circle of Hollywood acting talent. Many others iconic names like Marylyn Monroe, Paul Newman and Martin Landau perfected their creft there and remained members until their deaths. A community of its very own within Hollywood circles, members of the exclusive kept themselves to themselves prefering to concentrate on their task of bringing magick to the hearts, homes and lives of North America. There was eating, drinking, marrying and of course extra marital scandals within the members right up to this very day. Maybe Rourke, Dean and Brando represented the immortal selection of badboys within that talented circle.
Whether it was one journalist who spoke this connection into modern cinematic lore or it’s a naturally emerging truth due to similarities in the magic Rourke Dean and Brando brought to many, it’s now an indelible part of modern Hollywood canon.
“Mickey Rourke bring the intensity of the early Marlon Brando, the electricity of James Dean“, Los Angeles Times 1991
“…he’s like Marlon Brando was to Francis Ford Coppola in the 1970’s…he realizes the days are long gone when studio executives considered him a leading man, critics compared him to James Dean and younger actors sneaked onto the set just to watch him work.”, Ricky Lyman, New York Times, 2003
“If Mickey had died after Angel Heart, he would have been remembered as James Dean or Marlon Brando.”, Adrian Lyne, Director 9 1/2 Weeks
“Certainly, his name (Mickey Rourke) belongs in a list that includes Marlon Brando and James Dean“, Macmillan High Education Essay on Rourke
Whether spiritual, the bad boy image, The Actors Studio or just a subliminal recognition of something more, this trinity of immortal screen fallen angels deserve a place next to the other. Both a humbling and glorifying experience for this immortal trinity of screen icons.