YMMV / James Dean

  • Author Existence Failure: Not all of his work on Giant had been completed prior to his death.
  • Dawson Casting: Cast as 16 year old Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause despite being 23 at the time. Made more obvious by the fact that Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood were the right age.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: He starred in a road safety ad shortly before he died. At the end of the segment, instead of the usual saying "The life you save may be your own," he ad-libs "The life you save may be mine."
  • Ho Yay: With Paul Newman and Marlon Brando.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: He starred in only three Hollywood films and died in a tragic car crash shortly after finishing the third one, but his performances in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause (especially the latter) pretty much defined the "misunderstood bad-boy teen" image of the era.
  • Too Cool to Live: The guy died in his prime. God rest his soul.
  • What Could Have Been: Dean wanted to quit acting and go into directing.


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