08 April 2015

Marlon Brando

My brother Brian and I watched "The Young Lions" the other night.

1958. Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin. World War II. Great movie.

So Brian tells my Mom that we watched it and she says something to the effect of.."Oh that movie is where I first fell in love with the name Christian"

Marlon Brando's character in the movie is Lieutenant Christian Diestl..... a Nazi officer.

Except for that minor detail, that would be a great story I could use:

Me: My mother named me Christian because she loved it in a Marlon Brando movie

Person: Oh wow thats so cool! What a great story! Which Brando movie?

Me: The Young Lions

Person: (awkward silence)...isn't he a Nazi in that movie?

Me: ummm yeah...but...he's not a really bad Nazi?

Person: Your Mom named you after a Nazi character from a movie?

Me: A Brando character....

Person: A Nazi Brando character...

Me: Well he is a Nazi, and he is a proud German, but he becomes dissatisfied with the path Hitler is taking Germany down and despises the war and what it has done to his country.

Person: Yeah...but your Mom named you after a Nazi.

Me: No, she got the name from a Marlon Brando movie..

Person: A movie in which he is a Nazi.

Me: (pauses) Did I say Brando in The Young Lions?...my mistake...I meant Mutiny on the Bounty...its a great story, my mother named me after Marlon Brando's character in Mutiny on the Bounty. Cool right?

Marlon Brando as Lieutenant Fletcher Christian

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