This footage of Marlon Brando doing a press junket in 1965 is hilarious.
It took place at Hampshire House in New York and features him talking to a variety of journalists about Morituri, a World War II film which also starred Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin and Trevor Howard.
As the voiceover says at the beginning, the reporters ask predictable questions but he gives few predictable answers.
My guess is that he was was deeply fed up with the process but decided to have a few drinks and enjoy talking about anything but the film.
You can also check out Part 2 and Part 3.
- The way he admits open scepticism about the whole business of promoting a Hollywood film.
- His still-relevant insight into the ‘merchandising aspect’ of the press (just substitute Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor for Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie)
- The interviewer who cuts to Brando whilst he is eating roast beef and vegetables.
- The bit where he speaks on the street to a French TV crew – in fluent French – before asking a random woman about Civil Rights.
- A discussion of a baboon and man’s capacity for violence.
- A German-speaking contest with another journalist
- The way he chats up a young female journalist (“How old are you? 21 in March?”) who turned out to be Miss USA the previous year.
[Via Hollywood Elsewhere]