The Brando Myth is still growing with his iconic mix of activism and blatant disregard for star appeal. With a caged intensity rarely matched by mortal men, he pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable both on screen and off.

You never let the audience know how it’s going to come out. Hit ’em, knock ’em over… be surprising, figure out a way to do it that has never been done before. Brando

His approach to Acting and Life

It was all about surprising people. “You never let the audience know how it’s going to come out. Hit ’em, knock ’em over… be surprising, figure out a way to do it that has never been done before.” That was his approach not only to acting, but also to living. And that’s why he endures as more than just an actor in the popular imagination to this day. Brando represented something for people tired of convention and cliché: something ferocious, unpredictable, and totally invigorated.

“He had it all yet didn’t take himself or life too seriously. He was also the funniest guy and a joy to be with. Terence Stamp

The Godfather of Style

In some ways, Marlon Brando’s influence on mens style was similar to James Dean’s – the base of jeans and a leather jacket remain the same. However, while Dean’s understated with attitude, Marlon Brando was totally badass. Throughout his life he adapted his style to suit his age, never trying to hold on to a style beyond his years.

Posturing and Body Language

Brando had an ability to dominate any scene with his sheer non chalance about who was watching him. It’s demeanour portrayed a level of confidence rarely seen on screen. It seduced everyone on the room and his charisma never faded.

“I’m angry at Marlon because he does everything so easily. I have to break my ass to do what he can do with his eyes closed.Paul Newman

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Mark is a serial entrepreneur and lives out of his rucksack, and a battered powerbook where he runs several online businesses. When he is not developing ideas he is also a freelance journalist for Huffington Post, GQ and Penthouse.

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