He kept the cast and crew waiting for one whole hour. Keeping an entire company waiting for an hour sent the production department in a panic.
Jimmy spent the hour… sitting in his darkened dressing room with a record player blasting out the “Ride of the Valkyrie,” and drinking a quart of cheap red wine. When he felt ready, he stormed out, strode onto the set, did the scene, which was practically a seven-minute monologue, in one take, so brilliantly, that even the hard-boiled crew cheered and applauded.
- Jim Backus
I figure there’s nothing you can’t do, if you put everything into it. The only thing that stops people from getting what they want is themselves. They put too many barriers in their paths. It’s like they’re afraid to succeed. In a way, I guess I know why. There’s a terrific amount of responsibility that goes with success, and the greater the success, the greater the responsibility… But I think, if you’re not afraid, if you take everything you are, everything worthwhile in you, and direct it at one goal, one ultimate mark, you’ve got to get there. If you start accepting the world, letting things happen to you, around you, things will happen like you never dreamed they’d happen.
Natalie Wood photographed by James Dean on the set of Rebel Without a Cause.
Upper left: A crew member, also shot by Dean.