In a late 1970s interview, Brando admitted to feelings of shame and embarrassment when he accepted the Oscar for Best Actor for "On the Waterfront." He dismissed the Oscars ceremony as being "manipulation."
This documentary proved to be a first for different reasons. For example: Marlon Brando was well known for being an intensely private man who loathed just about everything that came with Hollywood and fame. To hear him project his own inner thoughts about himself and his early life, came as quite a surprise to many fans.
Being inducted into a military academy when he was a teenager, only encouraged Marlon Brando to grow more rebellious and unconventional. The only subject or activity that seemed to interest him, was amateur dramatics. Eventually, he was expelled.
When Brando was interviewed for TV in 1955 and his father made an appearance, the whole thing was a typical example of Hollywood catering to the expectations and perceptions of the general public. In real life, Marlon Brando had little time for his father and their relationship would remain strained.
When James Dean arrived on the Hollywood scene in 1954, he immediately became influenced by Marlon Brando - both in terms of his acting style and what Dean believed was Brando's lifestyle. Brando did his very best to discourage and dissuade the upcoming star from any of this.
"The Godfather" singlehandedly re-established Marlon Brando as a box office draw and as an actor to be reckoned with. However, he wasn't the studio's first choice for the role of Vito Corleone and had to agree to a screen test. Afterwards, he was offered the role.
For Marlon Brando, the filming of "Last Tango in Paris" proved to be a difficult one. Part of his character relates some of his unhappy childhood memories to his younger lover. The dialogue for the scene resembled Brando's own adolescence to a certain extent and the actor felt vulnerable and perturbed after the scene had been filmed.