Matthew Broderick waited to deliver his lines with nervous excitement. Sitting across from him, on the set of “The Freshman,” was the legendary Marlon Brando, one of the best actors of his generation. The director yelled “action,” and the two started delivering their lines.
“I can’t…I can’t hear what you’re saying,” Brando mumbled. Broderick, knowing that Brando liked to improvise, kept going. Brando interrupted him. “Are you eating tuna fish?”
Broderick, not knowing what this might have to do with the scene, but trusting Brando’s instinct, he kept on going.
“I’m telling you, I can’t understand what you’re saying! Are you eating tuna fish!?” Brando mumbled again.
Then it dawned on Broderick. This was not a master class in improvisation. Brando had an earpiece in his ear. The person who was supposed to be reading him his lines was munching away on a tuna sandwich. Brando had ignored Broderick the entire time.
So goes just one story about Marlon Brando, one of the most revered and mercurial actors of the past century. His life is absolutely fascinating, with several biographies and documentaries attempting to chronicle his strange behavior and riotous lifestyle. Here, we’re taking a look at Brando’s early life and some of the most outrageous exploits of his career.