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My new celebrity friend

So, last night I was perusing TMZ and I saw pictures of Whitney Houston and Mike Tyson leaving LAX during the day to fly to Washington D.C. for Obama‘s inauguration. I told my lady friend this and we discussed all the celebrities that were in town for this historic event and its festivities.

“We should go to Dupont Circle and walk around and see who’s there,” I said.

But my lady friend, who is infinitely more brilliant, said, “We should go to the aiport!”

Within minutes we were on the metro and after a quick transfer, we exited at Reagan National Airport where, scanning the monitors, we determined a New York flight would arrive any minute and that star-studded flight from LAX? Just two hours later.

We waited in the right area and watched as people strolled off of their planes. No celebrities.

We walked into a nearby Borders bookstore to kill time before the L.A. flight landed, but I heard a loud voice outside. I looked out and saw a famous face and even more famous hair. My lady friend and I ran after him, camera in hand. We had found our star!

Ladies and gentleman, me and Don King:


He was standing at the baggage carousel, surrounded by about 20 people asking for pictures. One by one, he posed with them, grinning and repeating, “Only in America, only in America.”

So true. On so many levels.

What an amazing week we’re going to have here in the national’s capitol.

“It was you, Charlie”

I watched On The Waterfront again the other day for the first time in many years. Marlon Brando‘s performance, which earned him one of his Academy Awards for Best Actor, is so powerful. I kept thinking how different Brando was onscreen in the 1954 compared to the flowery overacting of his contemporaries, or compared to stars like Cary Grant who basically showed up and flashed his teeth.

Brando’s “Method acting” feels so modern. He gave his characters odd tics and speech patterns. He made them real people. Pretty much every male star we see today tries to emulate him. I can see his influence – with varying degrees of success – on everyone from Heath Ledger to Brad Pitt.

Here’s the famous scene depicting Brando’s character, former prizefighter Terry Malloy, riding in the backseat of the car with his mobster brother Charlie (Rod Steiger). It’s the first time in the movie – and in the brothers’ lives – that Terry has blamed Charlie for his downfall. It all started with a fixed fight years ago:

Doesn’t Brando just break your heart? No one else back then could have done this character as much justice. In this minute and a half clip, you pick up exactly who Terry Malloy is: tough guy, not bright, good heart, mixed up in trouble, betrayed by his brother, doomed.

On The Waterfront cleaned up at the Oscars that year: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress for Eva Marie Saint, Best Director for Elia Kazan and four more prizes.

Are you a Brando fan? What’s your favorite flick of his?

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