slam dunk me into the nearest trash can

James Dean photographed by Sanford Roth, 1955

Jimmy would also entertain others on the set with excellent imitations, doing Charlie Chaplin, Elia Kazan, or Montgomery Clift with equal ease. One takeoff he did on Mr. Magoo, the radio character made famous by Jim Backus, was so good Nicholas Ray had it written into the script. “He became other people with obvious passion,” Ray said. “This was a great part of his magic as an actor.”
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03 01 2014

James Dean checks his car before a race in Palm Springs, March 1955.