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Marlon Brando ‘Couldn’t Stand’ Clint Eastwood, According to Eddie Murphy

June Steele

The Golden Age of Hollywood, known for its glamorous stars and iconic films, produced legends whose stories continue to fascinate audiences. Recently, Eddie Murphy shared intriguing insights into his interactions with Marlon Brando, revealing the legendary actor’s candid opinions and unique perspectives. In a newly published chat for the New York Times podcast, The Interview, Murphy delved into these memorable encounters. Here’s a look at Brando’s dislike of Clint Eastwood and Murphy’s first and second meetings with the iconic actor.

Marlon Brando did not like Clint Eastwood

Headshot of Clint Eastwood beside a headshot of Marlon Brando.
Marlon Brando did not like Clint Eastwood. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images and Herbert Dorfman / Corbis / Getty Images)

In a candid conversation, Eddie Murphy recounted an unexpected revelation from Marlon Brando. During a visit to Brando’s home following Murphy’s breakout role in the 1982 film 48 Hrs., Brando expressed his disdain for Clint Eastwood. “This is how long ago it was: He was going, ‘I can’t stand that kid with the gun.’ I was like, ‘What kid with the gun?’ He said, ‘He’s on the poster!'” Murphy recalled. When Murphy realized Brando was referring to Clint Eastwood, he was taken aback. “I was like, ‘Clint Eastwood?’ ‘Yeah, that guy!’ He was calling Clint Eastwood ‘that kid.'”

Brando, who passed away at the age of 80 in 2004, was only six years older than Eastwood. This surprising opinion added another layer to Brando’s enigmatic personality, showcasing his critical view of a fellow actor who had already begun to make a significant mark in Hollywood.

Murphy meeting Brando was surreal

Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte.
Murphy met Brando following his role in ’48 Hrs.’ (Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures / movienutt / MovieStillsDB)

Murphy’s first encounter with Brando was incredibly memorable for him. It took place at a rooftop restaurant at the L’Ermitage luxury hotel in Los Angeles. Reflecting on the experience, Murphy highlighted the surreal nature of dining with such a renowned figure. “I was having these famous people that I grew up watching on television wanting to have a meal with me,” he recalled. “After 48 Hrs., Marlon Brando calls my agent and wants to meet me.”

Murphy’s awe at the situation is palpable, even in hindsight. “Now I look back and go, ‘Wow, that’s crazy. The greatest actor of all time wants to have dinner with you!’ But back then I just thought, ‘Well, that’s the way it is. You make a movie, and Marlon Brando calls.'”

Murphy couldn’t stop praising Brando

Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather'
Marlon Brando in a publicity still for the film, ‘The Godfather’, 1972. (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

The second time Murphy and Brando hung out was equally significant. During this visit to Brando’s home, Murphy couldn’t help but express his admiration for Brando’s performance in the 1972 epic The Godfather. Despite Murphy’s praise, Brando remained nonchalant. “He was like, ‘Eh, The Godfather.’ Not just The Godfather — acting,” Murphy shared. “He was like, ‘[…] everybody can act.'”

Brando’s dismissive attitude towards one of his most acclaimed roles and the craft of acting itself reveals a fascinating aspect of his character. It underscores the complexity of Brando’s relationship with his own legacy and the industry he dominated.

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These anecdotes not only highlight the unique bond between Murphy and Brando but also offer a glimpse into the mind of one of Hollywood’s most legendary actors. Thanks to Murphy, we now know how Brando truly felt about the equally as iconic Eastwood while they both dominated the entertainment industry.

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June Steele

June Steele is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News