Magazine article Variety

Actor's Audiotapes Reveal Real Brando

Magazine article Variety

Actor's Audiotapes Reveal Real Brando

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Who was the real Marlon Brando? Those unfamiliar with the Method-acting icon's electrifying early work with director Elia Kazan might recall him as a bloated recluse, sequestered away in his Mulholland Drive compound or his Tahitian retreat, emerging only when scandal hit or to rake in a quick million with work that was beneath him.

But "Listen to Me Marlon," which opens in New York on July 29 and in L.A. July 31, goes a long way toward debunking the myths behind the legend, who died in 2004.

"He did take acting very seriously, even to the end," says the film's writer-editor-director, Stevan Riley. "He would do intensive research for roles, scribbling in the margins of books and scripts. Everything he learned he would somehow squeeze into a film if he had an interest in it: mythology, the nature of good and evil, Freudian analysis. …

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