Talk:Marlon Brando

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Someone Re-adding Deleted Quotes About Brando[edit]

I deleted the Sean Penn and Nicholson quotes for a perfectly good reason - they're idiotic. The Nicholson quote is just vague and generic-sounding. It's just not an interesting quote. And frankly I think the standards for a quote ABOUT someone being included on that person's quote page should be higher, not lower, than the standards for a quote by the person. The Nicholson quote is just dull and undeserving. It adds nothing of interest to the page. The Sean Penn quote is something else altogether. All it does is remind the reader what an insufferable, pretentious fraud Sean Penn is (I say this as someone even more liberal than he is, so, it isn't politically motivated). It's just a stupid lot of air. And what the hell does "dancing about architecture" even mean? Especially in the context given, it's just an infuriatingly stupid quote, and all the more so because he probably thought it was very interesting and clever. Dancing and architecture are both arts. You can't dance about architecture. But discussing something, speaking about something, is, even if we consider an art, the art that by virtue of its very nature, can be used to deal with anything else, no matter how seemingly ineffable. One can talk about Marlon Brando very meaningfully - provided he's not a dunce such as Sean Penn, but is an intelligent person with interesting things to say. So, I'm killing those two quotes again. I'm sure they'll be brought right back, but whatev. They're of no interest to a discerning reader, and frankly it's an insult to Brando to include on his page things so much duller and faker than anything he ever said himself.

—This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) .

I restored the quotes once again, as quotes about Brando by notable actors, the first by Nicholson considered significant enough to be featured within the TIME 100 profile on Brando.

  • Talking about Marlon is like dancing about architecture. When you tell the stories, the stories would be rich. And everybody would laugh a lot. And then say "where does it come from?"
    • Sean Penn on the difficulty of explaining Brando, on interview on "The Charlie Rose Show" (2 July 2004)

I see no reason why these should be excluded from a listing of quotes about Brando, the Elvis Presley qoute regarding him is significantly more "generic" and dull — but neither would I remove that. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 06:07, 31 May 2011 (UTC)


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable, precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to Marlon Brando. --Antiquary 16:05, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

  • Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
  • An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.
  • While I do believe in God, I do not believe in the same way as others, so I would prefer not to swear on the Bible. (being sworn in at his son's murder trial)
  • Agents made me a geek who gets $100,000 per chicken head.
  • He's the kind of guy that when he dies, he's going up to heaven and give God a bad time for making him bald. (on Frank Sinatra)
  • I don't mind that I'm fat. You still get the same money.
  • I don't want to spread the peanut butter of my personality on the moldy bread of the commercial press.
  • If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
  • If you're successful, acting is about as soft a job as anybody could ever wish for. But if you're unsuccessful it's worse than having a skin disease.
  • Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.
  • The more sensitive you are, the more likely you are to be brutalised, develop scabs and never evolve. Never allow yourself to feel anything because you always feel too much.
  • The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money.
  • To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
  • Would people applaud me if I was a good plumber?
  • You can sit there and have a universal experience, of fear, of anger, of tears, of love, and I discovered that its the audience, really, that is doing the acting.

And now someone has added another stupid quote about Brando.[edit]

I love Werner Herzog but that quote isn't even ABOUT Brando. It's a quote meant to be about Kinski, Brando's name is in it practically as a generic name for "well-respected intense modern actor.": —This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) .

I did not add that quote, but see a rationale for it being there, for such reference to Brando "practically as a generic name" for a "well-respected intense modern actor" is indeed to that extent a comment about Brando, as well as one about Klaus Kinski. ~ Kalki·· 14:53, 25 February 2012 (UTC) + tweak