Marlon Brando on Adler and Kazan
|Elia Kazan and Marlon Brando on the set of On the Waterfront (1954).|
Interview via telephone
From the forthcoming Artistic Suicide
You clearly need lines of definition--distinction--and I'll give them to you. What Stella [Adler] gave me was the courage to believe that I deserved to walk toward the plank that all actors live and work on; stumble on and fall from. Stella led me to believe that I could do it; should do it; had to do it. But someone like [Elia] Kazan was already on the plank, holding out a hand, and walking it with me. I trusted both people completely, but their gifts could not and should not be confused. I don't think Stella could have helped me a bit once I was halfway down the plank, but I would never, ever have gotten on it in the first place without her. There was foreplay with Stella, and consummation with Kazan.
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