If the late actor James Dean was as obnoxious as he is depicted in Rebel/The Life and Legend of James Dean by Donald Spoto, you seriously wonder why he has been honored with a postage stamp.
According to the author he was excessively rude, foul-mouthed, unprofessional and disliked by many of his co-stars. He only appeared in two Broadway productions: See the Jaguar (1952) and The Immoralist (1954). Robert Ullman, who was the press representative for the latter play, recalls: "James Dean was the most uncooperative, the moodiest and most offensive actor I've ever worked with."
The late Rock Hudson, who appeared in Giant, Dean's last movie, said about the actor: "Dean was hard to be around. He never smiled, was sulky and had no manners."
Yet, this surly rebel, who died at 24 in a gory auto accident, has amassed an enormous cult following. His stamp is bound to be big at the post office.
-- By Louis Botto