Just forget about the end results. Remember the gratification comes in the work, not in the end result. Just remember who you are and what you are, and don’t take any of their guff out there. - James Dean
The Warner Brothers logo flashed on the screen, and the audience seemed to be anticipating something big. When Jimmy’s name came up above the titles, a roar of excitement went up in the theater. I have never ever, before or since, experienced anything like it at a preview. The reaction from the audience was such that I can only liken it to the night Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles on TV. No, it was different. In my opinion the teenagers weren’t just watching Jimmy, they were living what Jimmy was acting out on the scree. They were saying to themselves: “That’s me. That’s the way I feel!”
The audience didn’t get over their excitement until most of the credits had run their course. Remember, this was September of 1955. East of Eden was the only James Dean film the public had seen, yet such was Jimmy’s screen magnetism and appeal to teenagers and movie goers world-wide that they were actively craving another James Dean film.
- Lew Bracker, recalling the night he and Jimmy attended a sneak preview of Rebel Without a Cause. The film was officially released on October 27th, 1955; less than a month after Jimmy’s death.
Something really cool that happened when I was in Fairmount at the James Dean Festival yesterday was that a friend of James Dean’s (when he lived in Los Angeles) Lew Bracker (pictured above next to Jimmy) was there signing copies of his book “Jimmy & Me.” It was so cool meeting somebody who was good friends with James Dean and getting an autograph from him! I cannot wait to read it!
In a certain sense I am [fatalistic], I don’t exactly know how to explain it, but I have a hunch there are some things in life that we just can’t avoid. They’ll happen to us, probably because we’re built that way - we simply attract our own fate… make our own destiny… I think I’m like the Aztecs in that respect too. With their sense of doom, they tried to get the most out of life while life was good. And I go along with them on that philosophy. I don’t mean that ‘eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die’ idea, but something a lot deeper and more valuable. I want to live as intensely as I can. Be as useful and helpful to others as possible, for one thing. But I live for myself as well. I want to feel things and experience right down to their roots… enjoy the good in life while it is good. - James Dean