Marlon Brando's Annotated Personal Script for "The Island of Dr. Moreau." The 1996 film version of H.G. Welles' The Island of Dr. Moreau was a troubled production almost from the start. Marlon Brando was still recovering from his daughter's suicide, and the day production started the French set off an underwater atomic bomb near his Tahiti atoll. Actor Val Kilmer learned that he was getting divorced when he turned on the TV. Two days later, director Richard Stanley was fired by the studio due to creative differences. John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) was hired as a replacement, but clashed with Brando, Kilmer, and studio executives almost immediately. Savaged by critics upon release, it ultimately became a cult classic that features one of Brando's most curious, unfettered, scene-stealing performances.

    This is Brando's personal copy of the screenplay's second draft, dated April 26, 1994, featuring numerous handwritten notations by Brando in red ink throughout. Better still, the front cover features the phrase "Dio -- By craft + stealth" and a lengthy bit of handwritten dialogue notes by Brando. In full: "Make speech about inability to invent religeous [sic], political, military, economic, philosophical ethics. Most destructive animal that ever evolved women are different are life protectors. Animals are not the problem humans are and virises [sic] as well. We will either find a solution to male ferocity. or we will find our graves in the poisoned snow of a dead planet. I have sacrificed everything I have on this earth. I see myself as a soldier of the mind, and death holds only a sliver of fear for me -- my work is my life." An intriguing look into Brando's technique as an actor, the script is in Excellent condition with mild wear to the cover and pages. From the collection of Marlon Brando. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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