Why is Marlon Brando so highly regarded?
I think it’s easy to forget how big a deal Brando’s performance was in Streetcar Named Desire. It was a watershed. He changed acting forever. Brando was to acting as Babe Ruth was to baseball.
Before Babe Ruth, a home run in baseball was basically an accident. The game was all about ball placement out in the field. Place the ball where it would be hardest for the fielders to retrieve so you can advance the furthest along the bases. If you hit it out of the field of play, well that was kind of a screw up, so just walk around the bases. Like a ground rule double. Then The Babe came along and just knocked it out as much as he could because fuck running, amiright? He’d rather strike out than run the bases. Yada, yada, yada… modern baseball is unrecognizable compared to what it was before.