Marlon Brando's first scene test, made in 1947 for Rebel Without a
Cause, a film made eight years later with James Dean in the starring role,
has been discovered and will be included as an extra in a DVD set featuring a
restored Streetcar Named Desire scheduled to be released on May 2. In an
interview with the London Times, Darwin Porter, author of the biography
Brando Unzipped, said, "Screen tests preserved of the great stars are
usually pretty awful ... This one had me mesmerized. I would have done
everything to hire him. From the moment Brando enters the room in the test, he
is lightning on legs. There is a magnetic appeal to him, as he is at the peak
of his physical beauty and virile power -- both as a man and an actor." The
screen test opens with a shot of a clap board bearing the movie's title and
Brando's name plus the following details: "Age: 23, height: 5'10", weight: 170,
hair: brown, experience: stage 3 years."
The actor says he isn't "holding out for more money or doing anything like that".
The drama will be making its return to the streaming service in the near future.
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