One Life, One Man, One Godfather, One Marlon Brando…One Enigma That Still Rules

10:00 pm 21 Apr, 2014

The Godfather, who we all knew and ‘feared’, still captivates those who have seen him on big screen and practise delivering his dialogues in his unique style. With the help of makeup artist Dick Smith, who transformed Brando from his youthful self to the old-time gangster ‘The Godfather’ did really plunged this character into a darkness where people have howled and scream during the screenings. To honor this great man, we have brought you some images during his journey for his film 1949 ‘The Men’. According to Life, photographer Ed Clark captured Brando’s explosive arrival in California, chronicling the actor as he submerged himself in “The Method” — e.g., taking to a wheelchair and struggling with leg braces while he lived among paraplegics at a VA hospital in Van Nuys, California. But Clark also came away with surprising, engaging glimpses into the more personal, private Brando.

 

Marlon Brando takes a break while training for his role in The Men, 1949

taking a break while training

Marlon Brando chats with a production manager while training for his role in The Men, 1949

chatting with production manager

Marlon Brando in training for his role in The Men, Van Nuys, Calif., 1949

Van Nuys, Calif.

Marlon Brando rehearsing his role in The Men, Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif., 1949

rehearsing his role

As his real-life inspirations play cards in the background, Marlon Brando takes a break from rehearsing for The Men, Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif., 1949

playing cards in background

Marlon Brando, Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif., 1949

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Marlon Brando takes a spill while training for his role in The Men, on the grounds of the Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif.

takes a spill while training

Marlon Brando while training for his role in The Men


training and training

Marlon Brando attempts to tip and balance his wheelchair

tips and balance his wheelchair

The Look of Brando

Marlon Brando, 1949

Marlon Brando another

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Marlon Brando kisses his grandmother as he heads to the studio for a day of filming The Men

kisses his grandmother

Marlon Brando during filming of The Men

during filming

Marlon Brando and his grandmother

Marlon Brando and his grandmother

Marlon Brando at his aunt’s house in California during filming of The Men

at his aunt's house

From: LIFE

Credit: Ed Clark-Time and Life Pictures/Getty Images

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