Marlon Brando’s final role was very nearly Scary Movie 2

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Marlon Brando reportedly filmed part of his scenes for Scary Movie 2 before dropping out of what would have been the esteemed actor’s final on-screen appearance. 

Marlon Brando created some of the most legendary characters in screen history, leaving an indelible legacy in cinema. However, the actor also came very, very close to ending his filmography with a lewd cameo in Scary Movie 2.  Brando would have appeared in an Exorcist-style spoof in the film, holding the breast of Russian Doll star, Natasha Lyonne.

Whilst the scene never made it into the final cut of the movie, Lyonne has confirmed it happened, recalling “I have a VHS copy of the dailies that I got because Marlon Brando’s final role — sadly for him, but luckily for me — is doing this Exorcist opening teaser … I don’t know what he was thinking, really. He had an oxygen tank and he just kind of held my boob, because that was in the script. He was supposed to be like, ‘the power of Christ compels you.’ I just remember being like, ‘Ah, this is the surrealism that André Breton, Salvador Dali were talking about.’”

Despite eventually dropping out and citing poor health as a reason, Brando was described as ‘very chatty’ on set, whilst Lyonne said he wore an earpiece while filming for line readings. Of course, this is nothing new as the actor famously had lines for 1978’s Superman stuck to his co-star Susannah York’s forehead whilst filming scenes for that film.

Brando was ultimately replaced by James Woods, but if that scene would have made it into the final film, it would have been a last appearance which would have rivalled Orson Welles’ 1986 voiced appearance in Transformers: The Movie for incongruous final screen roles from screen legends. It’s a strange story, and one which will only add to the story of Brando’s rise and eventual decline.



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