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  • OnTheAisle
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    Two time Best Actor nominee James Dean died of in an automobile acident after completing filming of Giant. He holds the dubious distinction of receiving two posthumous Oscar nominations (1955 for East of Eden and 1956 for Giant). 

    If the enormously talented, 24 year old method actor had survived for another five years, in which nominated role do you think he would have most likely been cast after playing the distained “bad” son Cal Trask and the despised oil man Jett Rink?

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    Well, Brick may have been quite suitable for him, since he excelled at angst-filled, seething characters. But I wouldnt want anyone else other than Newman in that role.

    He could have pulled off Rudolph Petersen as well, as noone did “brooding” the way he could. And also for Sons and Lovers, although I’m not sure about his age in that role.

    It may have been interesting seeing him in a lighter role. Eddie Felson? But again, replace Paul Newman? No way.

    I’ll stick with Brick I suppose, but playing against type would have been mighty fine to see.

     

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    There is no question that James Dean would have rocked the screen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The opportunity to reunite with his Giant costar would be a draw as would another classic role that allowed Dean to explore a sexually conflicted man.

    I think I changed my mind though since I voted. Wouldn’t it have been thrilling to see Dean playing scene work with Brando?

    Red Buttons won an Oscar for Sayonara. He played Joe Kelly with a sweetness that endeared him to the audience. That said, the character has some serious anger that is clearly evident in the choice Kelly makes late in the film. Buttons didn’t fully explore the rage, but I think Dean would have imbued the character with an underlying fury that would have been potent and given the wonderful Miyoshi Umeki some additional substance to address.

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    There is no question that James Dean would have rocked the screen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The opportunity to reunite with his Giant costar would be a draw as would another classic role that allowed Dean to explore a sexually conflicted man.

    I think I changed my mind though since I voted. Wouldn’t it have been thrilling to see Dean playing scene work with Brando?

    Red Buttons won an Oscar for Sayonara. He played Joe Kelly with a sweetness that endeared him to the audience. That said, the character has some serious anger that is clearly evident in the choice Kelly makes late in the film. Buttons didn’t fully explore the rage, but I think Dean would have imbued the character with an underlying fury that would have been potent and given the wonderful Miyoshi Umeki some additional substance to address.

    I thought about him as Joe Kelly, but Buttons was sooo perfect, so convincing, I just wasnt sure. Miyoshi gets a lot of flak for her character, but she plays it like a truly Japanese person marrying outside of her er…cultural comfort zone. Her accent, her grief, her sincerity; well, I love her in that part. (Btw, my mom was an ojosan ala Hana ogi/Takurazuka….,) and it’s such a tolerant film in the face of japanophobia. It clearly has a special significance for me)

    But I think Dean may have been able to inject a similar sympathetic nature to that role.

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    He could have had any role that went to Paul Newman’s way but I’m gonna go and choose Cat on a Hot Tin Roof because that would be beyond iconic 

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