Humble isn’t the first word one associates with later-than-life acting legend Marlon Brando, but that’s how his daughter Rebecca Brando describes him.
“He really instilled modesty in us,” Rebecca tells ‘Closer,’ of their family. “He didn’t have a Rolls-Royce or travel in a limo. He would just say, ‘Let’s take the car and if the press is around, I’ll just hop in the trunk so they won’t see me.’ He kept it real.”
The real Marlon, who died at age 80 in 2004, can finally be seen and heard in ‘Listen to Me Marlon,’ a new documentary that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Marlon's daughter Rebecca in January 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“You’ll find the complete Marlon Brando in this film,” director Stevan Riley tells ‘Closer,’ of the movie, which uses never-before-released audio recordings of the actor talking to himself to aid in his own psychotherapy. “You’ll get deep insight into his psychology.”
Marlon’s psyche was damaged early. “His mother was an alcoholic and his father drank, too,” Riley says. “His dad would abuse his mom – it was a very destructive household.”
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Adds Rebecca, “He was constantly looking for answers to his questions about pain, fear and love. Acting was a device for delving deep into his feelings, which helped him manage the trauma of his childhood.”
Marlon in January 1965. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In the film, Marlon speaks angrily of his father. “That man will never come near my baby,” the star says after becoming a dad himself.
But in the end, Marlon forgave his parents. “He realized they did the best they could,” says Rebecca. “He couldn’t blame them anymore, because they didn’t have ideal parents, either.”
To read the full story on Marlon, pick up the new issue of ‘Closer Weekly,’ on newsstands now!
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