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Trivia / Montgomery Clift

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  • Actor-Inspired Element: He edited part of the script for The Search himself.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: He was so keen to be in Judgment at Nuremberg that he offered to do the part for expenses only and no salary.
  • Creator Backlash: He didn't like The Heiress and walked out of the film's premiere.
  • Dawson Casting: He was considered far too old to play an A1 soldier in The Young Lions.
  • Doing It for the Art: Let's just say that Monty was synonymous with this trope.
    • For From Here to Eternity he learned to box and play the bugle. However he had to be doubled for those scenes in the finished film.
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    • Red River, although he knew how to ride, it was a different kind that would be needed for this film. So he got coaching from veteran Western actor Noah Beery Jr.
    • He learned to play the piano for one scene in The Heiress.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • For A Place in the Sun, he spent a night in jail to prepare for his character's scenes in prison.
    • The Search saw him living in an army engineer's unit and wearing fatigues everywhere.
    • He was actually drunk for a scene in From Here to Eternity where he and Burt Lancaster have a drunken heart-to-heart.
  • Executive Meddling: Morris of The Heiress was softened as a character in order to capitalise on Monty's status as a romantic lead.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: The Young Lions was only moderately received by critics, but Monty considered it to be the best performance of his career.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Film historians have theorised that Stanley Kramer determinedly cast Monty (as well as Judy Garland) in Judgment at Nuremberg - because their reputations for being broken and erratic were spot on for roles that called for pain, embarrassment and terror.
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    • He and Frank Sinatra got on incredibly well during From Here to Eternity, which is reflected in Prew and Maggio's friendship.
  • Romance on the Set:
  • Star-Making Role: Red River was an instant success, as was he. A Place in the Sun is considered to be the part where he solidified his status in Hollywood.
  • Those Two Actors: With Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun, Suddenly, Last Summer and Raintree County. It would have been four (see below).
  • Throw It In!:
    • He struggled to remember his lines in Judgment at Nuremberg, so the director told him to just ad-lib something.
    • In Red River, when he says he's taking over the ride, John Wayne was supposed to cringe. Instead he said "I'm going to kill you, Matt" as an ad-lib. The surprised look on Monty's face is genuine.
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  • Typecasting: Troubled, but Cute was his thing. He also played four soldiers in his time.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He was rather infamous for some of the roles he turned down. Sunset Boulevard, High Noon and East of Eden for one.
    • Elizabeth Taylor suggested he play her husband in Reflections in a Golden Eye but he died before the film started shooting, and it went to his long time rival Marlon Brando.
    • Burt Lancaster was the first choice for his role in Red River, but he chose to do The Killers instead. They'd end up starring together in From Here to Eternity where Burt Lancaster would be so intimidated by Monty, he was shaking in their first scene together.

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