Brando Twists Tennessee ‘Arm’…


by Willow Green |
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Marlon Brando, never the wallflower when it comes to lambasting the Hollywood establishment, will team up with controversial American History X director Tony Kaye to make One Arm, a long-lost boxing saga penned by the late playwright Tennesse Williams. British-born Kaye, currently at loggerheads with New Line over the alleged "in-house editing" of his upcoming skinhead drama, recently previewed American History X to the Godfather star at a private screening. Brando loved the picture, but was more impressed with Kaye's recent purchasing of the Tennesse Williams script. The Southern playwright has always proved lucky for Brando, Williams' A streetcar Named Desire being the vehicle that thrust the method king into superstardom back in 1951. However the Oscar-winning star, now 74 and ever so slightly overweight, will not lace up the gloves for the movie. Instead, he will play an ageing prizefighter who lost an arm prior to a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Although Brando will narrate the film, he has yet to choose a more "lithe" actor to play himself in the flashback sequences. Previously, Brando had warned that his "very last role" would be as a Latin American dictator in the adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Autumn of the Patriach, directed by that other Hollywood bad boy Sean Penn.

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