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The Drama That
Almost Ruined
Marlon Brando’s
Career
By JASON CONNOLLY
As one of the early pioneers of method acting, Marlon Brando changed the landscape of film forever — and is considered the gold standard for what an actor ought to be. What may come as a shock to fans, however, is that his career was almost over before it even began.
In his autobiography, Brando wrote that the sex symbol status of his early iconic role in "A Streetcar Named Desire" took away from the impact of his performance. For a student of the craft such as Brando, that could have forever ruined his reputation as a serious actor.
Brando legendarily stuck to his principles — he famously refused to accept his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” in protest of the entertainment industry's treatment of Native Americans. It’s remarkable to see that he had that same resolve so early on in his career.