26.7.04

Tribute to Marlon Brando

**This was taken from a great tribute site on Marlon, but it no longer exists. Sadly, so many internet sites come and go, taking their wealth of information and photographs with them.



VIVA ZAPATA!

"From a screenplay by John Steinbeck, the film traces the rise and fall of Emiliano Zapata, an outlaw hero who led a small band of men in as uprising against corrupt land barons in 1910 Mexico.
- To suggest Zapata's Indian ancestry, Brando had his nose thickened, eyelids slanted and hair and eyebrows darkened. He also donned a fake mustache.
- As usual, during the filming of Zapata, Brando coudn't help but get into mischief. On location in Texas, he shot off a string of firecrackers in a hotel lobby, serenaded Jean Peters (heroine) from a treetop at three in the morning, horrified cast and crew by playing dead for several minutes following the hail of gunfire that ends Zapata's life and gleefully told visiting reporters that he once ate grasshoppers and gazelle eyes.
- It was while on the Texas location that Brando first met his future wife Movita Castenada, who had a bit part in the picture. Movita had played Clark Gable's native-girl love interest in Mutiny on the Bounty (which was remade with Marlon Brando in the 60s).
- Zapata was a financial success and garnered excellent reviews.
- Brando won the following awards for his role as Zapata - "Best Foreign Actor" British Academy Award, "Best Actor" New-York Film Critics Circle Award and "Best Male Peformance" at the Cannes Film Festival for this movie.
- Brando again won an Academy award nomination, but lost to Gary Cooper for High Noon."

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