Scrolling through Netflix last night, I finally settled on Apocalypse Now, the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece (which would have been even more masterful if Coppola didn’t let his wife composed over half of the score with some cheesy synthesizer) based on Joseph Conrad’s turn-of-the-century novel Heart of Darkness.
I’ve watch this film over a dozen times since I was a teenager, but the fact that it was out of mind for a few years gave it the necessary novelty I needed to get through the entire thing. That being said, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, and of course Marlon Brando’s performances in the film are all worth watching over and over again.
After watching an engaging classic, I like looking up outtakes from the film to see the actors in the acting the process, watching them improvise, forgetting their lines – looking past the façade of art always fascinates me.
Thanks to an early 90s documentary about the making of the film, there’s tons of AN outtakes available to watch. But while searching YouTube, I came across this audio that was apparently recorded on the film’s set (although it doesn’t appear in the documentary), featuring Marlon Brando talking massive sh*t about Burt Reynolds.
I mean, MASSIVE sh*t.
Speaking to who I presume is Coppola, who for some reason brings up Reynold’s name, Brando doesn’t hold back on his hatred for the “Smokey and the Bandit” star.
“Don’t say that name around me,” Brando says coldly.
“He’s the epitome of everything that’s disgusting about the thespian,” he adds. “He worships at the temple of his own narcissism.”
Brando then goes into a story about an appearance that Reynolds made on a television show where he pathetically tried to make the audience believe that he cares about Native Americans.