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. As investigations showed post-crash, Dean was in fact the responsible driver in his fatal crash, driving on the right side of the road and within speed limits, falling victim to the very kind of poor driving he was warning against.
  • 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.