July 23, 2012

Let's say you're 18...



... you can change your image.

21 comments:

virgil xenophon said...

LOL. Who could have possibly predicted..

MadisonMan said...

People who peak at 18 live a sad life.

Ron said...

Dork With Plenty of Cause

David said...

Unmistakably James Dean, even in the geek outfit.

Bryan C said...

That was James Dean in his secret identity, mild-mannered librarian Claude Kant.

The Drill SGT said...

OT: Althouse comes in at 28 on a list of 150 conservative web sites

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-top-150-conservative-websites-july.html

I wonder how many Obama voters could score that high?

ricpic said...

I guessed Brad Pitt. Well, there is some similarity.

Tibore said...

Well... it's not like the whole "removing the eyeglasses" thing isn't already a trope for damn near every Ugly-Duckling-to-Swan movie out there.

sydney said...

Actors are very good at changing their image.

edutcher said...

With skilled makeup and good direction, all things are possible.

For an hour and a half.

ndspinelli said...

I have seen most of James Den's flicks and think he is way overrated. Death made him famous, not acting.

EMD said...

People who peak at 18 live a sad life.

Are you talking about Al Bundy?

Dean (aged 24) didn't have much of a choice, with a steering wheel around his neck.

Robert Cook said...

How many is "most" of his films? He only made three: GIANT; EAST OF EDEN; and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE.

Often, an artist who seems revolutionary or brilliant in his own time will appear less so (or not at all) in hindsight, either because the social circumstances have changed such that we cannot perceive him in the way his contemporaries did--or we see they were mistaken in their appraisal of the value of his work--or because his influence has so spread into the culture at large through all those who whose work bears echos of the original that what made him unique or iconoclastic in context of his era is so diluted that he seems ordinary or less.

I've never been too keen on Dean's emoting.

Triangle Man said...

@The Drill Sgt.

If you made a list of "conservative" websites run by Obama voters, Althouse would doubtless be #1.

ndspinelli said...

I've seen Rebel W/O a Cause and Giant..that would be most I believe!

EMD said...

I've seen Rebel W/O a Cause and Giant..that would be most I believe!

East of Eden is his best performance.

Kensington said...

Aw, what a cute little nerd guy. And such a shame. Better he'd stayed a geek and lived than became a icon and died so young.

Kensington said...

"Dork With Plenty of Cause"

Outstanding!

EDH said...

"You're tearing me apart!"

EMD said...

"You're tearing me apart!"

Jim Backus was great in this film.

The rest of it is all a little maudlin, and Dean's emoting is a little too much.

Eden and Giant, IMHO, were better films.

jr565 said...

The before picture is before James dean attended a tony robbins seminar, and before he read 7 habits for highly effective people.