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20

Nov

How can you measure acting in inches?

James Dean, on being considered too short to be a star.

19

Feb

thanks to jamesdeanlives:

“Jimmy poses playfully in a coffin at Hunt’s Furniture Store in Fairmount. He would return to Fairmount in a coffin only seven months later.”

thanks to jamesdeanlives:

“Jimmy poses playfully in a coffin at Hunt’s Furniture Store in Fairmount. He would return to Fairmount in a coffin only seven months later.”

08

Feb

Happy Birthday, James Dean!

Happy Birthday, James Dean!

16

Jan

Why Everyone Should Love Steve McQueen

Contemplating fame, what it is and how we choose to use it, is part of the reason why I write. I’ve never been one to overly care for celebrities. I ate lunch next to Oprah once, and girls were crying. I didn’t get it. I am, however, fascinated with fame and Hollywood. I can go on and on writing about Paul Newman’s filanthropy and charm, or James Dean’s reputation and iconic legacy. It’s all very fantastical and enthralling. It feels very poetic to write about. I like Steve McQueen for a very different reason.

Steve McQueen was once the highest paid actor in the industry. The number one action hero paved the way for the likes of Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone,  Jason Statham, etc. He was a real life action star too, famous almost as much for racing cars as he was for acting.

As previously stated, I like writing about the likes of James Dean and Paul Newman because it feels poetic; The rise to fame, the living of the American dream, the immortality. Steve McQueen was different. He was once quoted stating that he would rather wake up in the middle of no where than in any city on earth, and he meant it too. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read an interview where some celebrity claims they’re “not into the Hollywood party scene anymore” or that they “would rather stay at home on Friday night playing Scrabble.” It’s all bullshit. Total and complete bullshit. I like you, Paris Hilton, but if you’re at home reading about finance on any Friday night ever then may God strike me dead…

… or, well, maybe God can just trip me or something.

Steve McQueen had worries and he always comes off as very human to me. He didn’t ever want to be poor, he didn’t want his family to struggle, and he knew that the platform of stardom brought security. Steve McQueen was very real. He used to have nightmares about being broke. He credits his midwestern upbringing for his moral compass and his keen sense of social justice.  He perfected the anti-hero persona and used it to propel himself to superstardom through roles as likable crooked cops and business savvy super crooks. That same superstar would take the neighborhood kids on motorcycle rides through the desert in his free time.

What people liked about Steve McQueen, the person, was that he lived by his own code. He had his own rules and regulations, but he stuck to them. To me, that says a whole lot more than going with the flow of what feels comfortable, or what people tell you is right. Everyone loves a risk taker, especially when the risks pay off.

I have big plans for myself. I have people asking me “what I’m going to do with my life” every single day, and I have plenty of radical answers that often throw the asker for a loop. I like that a lot. It’s very easy to look to a Dean or Newman, and to say that dreaming big pays off. It’s a lot braver to look to a Steve Mcqueen, and to just be ready to work your ass off for everything you’ve ever wanted.

07

Jan

A speeding ticket received by James Dean just prior to the fatal crash on September 30th, 1955.
It’s a common misconception but Dean wasn’t actually speeding at the time of the accident.

A speeding ticket received by James Dean just prior to the fatal crash on September 30th, 1955.

It’s a common misconception but Dean wasn’t actually speeding at the time of the accident.

05

Jan

Footage of James Dean and Paul Newman screen testing for East of Eden.

Apparently, Dean already had the part of Cal and was just acting alongside his friend Newman, who was still being considered. He didn’t get the part of Cal’s brother, but the screen test is still very cool to see. It’s very rare to see such candid footage.

Paul Newman was a prankster and a partier, but more of an introverted type of guy when it really came down to it. His friendship with Jimmy was born out of his admiration for Dean’s charisma, fearlessness and the well-known “rebel” persona. You can see Paul loosen up and relax as a result of his chemistry with Dean.

28

Dec

… and my heart just did a flip-flop over that.
I just bought this piece by Guillaume Ortega.
I love James Dean.
I can say that because I’ve gotten to know him. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a person claims to love something or someone without ever getting to know it or them. Most guys claim to be a fan of Dean because of what they expect him to stand for. If you get to know him, you may be entirely surprised.
I have plenty of thoughts surrounding James Dean.

I just bought this piece by Guillaume Ortega.

I love James Dean.

I can say that because I’ve gotten to know him. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a person claims to love something or someone without ever getting to know it or them. Most guys claim to be a fan of Dean because of what they expect him to stand for. If you get to know him, you may be entirely surprised.

I have plenty of thoughts surrounding James Dean.