Never content to play the dashing leading man, these legendary performers--Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Steve McQueen, and James Dean--instead gravitated towards complex, anti-hero roles, each compelling in their depth and nuance. This collection celebrates the craft and careers of these Hollywood mavericks, featuring intimate interviews with the men themselves, memorable film clips of their finest work, and rarely seen behind the scenes footage.
All show a reluctance to fit the Hollywood mold and set the standard for what's cool, physically gorgeous outsiders -- celestial beings that women wanted to be with and men simply wanted to be. These original anti-heroes with their naturalistic approach to acting are American originals - outcasts, misfits, undeniable stars, irresistible mavericks.
MARLON BRANDO - He emerged as one of the most electrifying talents ever to take the stage in A Streetcar Named Desire and revolutionized the art of acting with his naturalistic approach and masterful performances. Recall the man identified by many as the greatest actor of the twentieth century through an extraordinary collection of film clips, photos and personal interviews.
JOHNNY DEPP - Forging a strong friendship with Marlon Brando during the filming of Don Juan de Marco, Johnny Depp is often mentioned as the heir apparent to Brando. From A Nightmare on Elm Street to Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean to Sweeney Todd, Johnny Depp is considered by many to be the finest actor of his generation.
STEVE McQUEEN - This is the definitive portrait of the legendary actor and ladies man whose rebel persona made him one of the biggest movie stars of the 1960s and '70s. His effortless, casual style, reckless, defiant personality, made the macho and self-assured Steve McQueen the epitome of "cool." Rare footage, never-seen-before home movies, recollections by friends, family and contemporary actors cement that impression.
JAMES DEAN - Almost half a century after he died, James Dean remains an instantly recognizable icon, a symbol of rebellious youth and dashed opportunity. He was the teen heroic ideal, the rebel without a cause, embodying the frustrations and dreams of all teenagers. Dying at age 24 sealed his legacy as one of the most compelling actors of his generation.