James Byron Dean was classically the mysterious bad boy of hollywood the few years he was there. Whether he was being shunned away from his love Pier Angeli by her mother, getting kicked off his motorcycle by the studio, striving for the love of his father who never showed pride in him, or being questioned on whether or not he was a homosexual, Dean’s life was a constant mess of conflict and controversy.
Still, he was an excellent actor who would just fall so deep into his character, it was sometimes hard for him to separate his own emotions from that of whom he was playing. In the movie East of Eden, he was cast because he fit the profile of the young man trying to impress his father (which Dean constantly was) and in the movie there was a scene where he breaks down entirely, though it was not scripted, the director kept it, because it was perfect.
In the movie Giant, Dean was supposed to give a drunk speech in a scene, so Dean actually got roaring drunk. Sadly, he died in the Little Bastard car crash before they could do a reshoot for his speech, which was difficult to understand, and so someone else voiced over his acting.
Despite Dean’s troubles and peculiar behavior, there was no denying his talent or the fact that he is a total, wondrous, babe.