Friday, June 19, 2020
He's just so fucking pretentious! He's no Brando or Clift or Paul Newman, the other Method Actors of the day. He's too self conscious and insincere. What I think is meant to convey aching sensitivity just reads as narcissism to me. I've seen two of his three major movies -- that's all he made, you know -- and I can't stand him in either one. I enjoy Giant better than Rebel, but I'm not afraid to say Rock Hudson gives the better performance.
There. I said it. I can't stand James Dean. This puts me out of step with most other classic film lovers, I suppose, but there you have it.
It's liberating to announce it this way:
I can't stand James Dean!