How to learn to charm girls with your masculine charm? Marlon Brand possessed animal magnetism and radiative sexuality that infects everyone around. Two minutes was enough for him to seduce any woman.
Female viewers fell in love with him from the first frame in "A Streetcar Named Desire" ("Where is your husband?" "There's the one who starts a fight! Is he really good?"), male viewers began to imitate him consciously or unconsciously (if the hero was condemned). It is said that most men of that time, when they first met Stanley Kowalski on the screen (the character of Tram), had an unbearable desire to do push-ups from the floor.
Marlon's second wife, Movita Castenada, wrote about the behavior of fans when he appeared in public: "Some were thrilled, others became idiots, deaf, blind, stuttered, or, worse, tried to adopt his rude manner of communication."
Marlon himself repeatedly said about himself: "Two minutes is enough for me to seduce any woman."
This stayed with Marlon even when he turned into a real fat man. By the way, he became fat quite early, but even this did not interfere with his radioactive and magnetic charm, both on the screen and in life.
“I don't care if I'm fat,” said Marlon. “I get the same amount of money.”
Let's see what Stanley Kowalski's sexy charm and sex appeal was made of in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Outwardly, Marlon copied his character from the boxer Rocky Graziano, with whom he worked out in the same gym and pumped up muscles, imitating him, especially for the role of Stanley. He brought Rocky tickets to his performance and he said after: “This guy from the audience played me!”
Brando was a supporter of the Stanislavsky system and sought to reincarnate as a hero from within. When one day in training at the acting studio everyone was offered to play a chicken who heard a military alarm signal, everyone began to squeak and flap their “wings”, and Marlon froze, looking at the ceiling. He explained this by saying that he is a chicken and he does not understand what a military alarm signal is, he just hears strange sounds.
The author of the famous play "A Streetcar Named Desire" Tennessee Williams said about Brando's acting: "This kind of acting blows my mind!" Screenwriters and playwrights are rarely so satisfied with the embodiment of their work on stage and screen.
Marlon himself explained the charm of his character by the fact that "Stanley is always right, he never doubts", that is, he saw the charm of the hero in the monolithic integrity of the character, for all his primitiveness. He himself did not like this hero, as he admitted, for uncontrollable aggressiveness. He said that he was afraid of such people in life.
Blanche (the heroine of A Streetcar Named) initially feels attracted to Stanley, he excites her, but by the end of the film she hates him because she is afraid and knows for sure that he is a threat to her. His wife, sister Blanche, treats Stanley differently. She is not afraid of him, except in moments of violent anger, at other times she is sure of his love and therefore admires his aggressiveness, directed, as it seems to her, not against her, but rather to protect her.
The very self-righteousness that Marlon noted in the image of his hero makes him bold and daring, without any tension, relaxed, as relaxed as one who can not be threatened by anything due to his obvious advantages in everything. Self-confidence removes all blocks from his spontaneity, from his flow, but it also makes him dangerous, and therefore repulsive for those who understand this danger. Marlon Brando understands, imagining that he met such a guy in his life, somewhere in a bar. And the audience can only see a bewitching stream if they do not represent Stanley as their enemy, like Blanche, but imagine a devoted person, like Stella.
The most accurate definition of charisma (aka magnetism) today is “strength + warmth”. Courage and confidence make a person strong, and if there is no danger from him, if he looks warm, this strength becomes an attractive quality, and the stronger the flow and warmth, the more attractive he is. Unfortunately, often the power of the flow decreases from tenderness. Tact and delicacy make the flow weaker, which is why on-screen villains often look more magnetic.
Stanley alternates between aggression and tenderness in order not to yield in either, and his image is entirely built on this contrast.
He has bestial antics, but often a cheerful, playful and gentle look and a sensual, even flirtatious smile.
His aggression is quickly replaced by a touching bitter cry and a plea to his wife never to leave him. “He was meek as a lamb,” says Stella, forgetting about the beatings every time after a heated reconciliation.
Even outwardly Marlon embodies this contrast. His facial features are very soft, the oval of his face is rounded, his lips are plump, and his eyes are often hard and his manners are very arrogant. At the slightest crossing of its boundaries - an instant atomic reaction.
He chews gum in the face of the interlocutor, under any circumstances he keeps himself relaxed, he gladly pours foam on himself from a beer bottle when he opens it.
He does not have a single clamp and complex, there is no fear in him, and his reflection is entirely positive, that is, he likes himself always and in everything, is pleased with himself like a narcissistic cat (according to Freud - the ideal of charm) or as the most direct child.
Children and cats are symbols of charm, you know? That is why Blanche's attempt to look down on him as an uncouth proletarian infuriates him so much that he loves himself with all his heart. And who is she?
This is probably how the revolutionaries felt during the French and October revolutions. Strong, filled with animal magnetism, bold, greyhound creatures who hate the neurotic reflective intelligentsia for its arrogance and its weakness (of will, body, and spirit). Be strong or at least not be arrogant, otherwise you will be a red rag for young bulls. In the light of the current political situation, this moment is of particular importance.
Why does self-confidence have magnetism, that is, an attractive force? Because on an instinctive level, this is recognized as the strongest volitional beginning in the pack. Pay attention, the strength is not the body and not the intellect, but the will! Everyone is drawn to the strong-willed beginning of the leader, gathering around him as near a saving fire. They adore him, from the word “deify”, exalt, put on a pedestal. Of course, this applies only to its leader, and not the enemy, not a stranger. In the case of such behavior of the enemy, it is not adoration that appears, but fear and the need to flee. But if there are no direct threats (or there is a crown, like Stella's, suggesting to her that Stanley loves her very much and is therefore safe), the image of the hero attracts. The stronger, the weaker a person feels, the more he needs protection and the more he believes in it. Women are attracted to such a character and cause excitement, because they hope for his love. Especially at the sight of a disarming playful smile.
One of Marlon's strongest acting gimmicks for Stanley's charm is the way his character eats. That he "eats like a pig" is emphasized by Stella, who is ashamed of Blanche for her husband's manner under her judgmental gaze. Stella cares about good manners, and Stanley didn't care about them. He eats like an animal, and this also works on his animal magnetism. Stanley consumes food with such enthusiasm and with such pleasure (not so much greedily as savoring) as only someone who loves his body very much and does not pay attention to how it looks in the eyes of others can do.
He licks his fingers, chews and is completely focused on the taste of food. He does not stop eating with appetite, even when his wife hugs and kisses him.
It can be assumed that with about the same pleasure and the same absorption Stanley has sex. Therefore, those spectators who like the hero, whom he does not frighten and are not too alarming, his "savagery" in food can excite sexually. And the director and the actor emphasize this deliberately. They want to show in Stanley a healthy, full of vitality male.
And they succeed.
By and large, Stanley embodies what Freud called guiltless patricide, the victory of the animal (Id) over prejudice (the immature Super-Ego). This is bad from the point of view of civilization, but it has a sexual charm, since sex is exclusively the realm of the Eid, most often suppressed by the Super-Ego. Freud considered the main task of mankind to be the cultural transformation of libido into constructive and creative energy. Freud saw the suppression of libido as very harmful and saw its thoughtless emancipation dangerous. With complete emancipation, chaos comes out and brings destruction with it, and with suppression, the individual and the species lose their vitality and die out.
Marlon Brando himself said that he hates his father and would like to revive him for 8 seconds to break his jaw. Marlon adored his mother, that is, Freud's Oedipal conflict was resolved by himself, probably in favor of that same patricide without guilt.