There’s a story that Marlon Brando was not the first choice for the role, John Garfield, Burt Lancaster, Van Heflin, Edmond O'Brien, John Lund, and Gregory Peck was being considered before him. Director Elia Kazan gave Brando a $20, a broke actor back then to see Tennessee Williams on his Provincetown home. But it took Brando three days to arrive there because he decided to hitchhike and keep the money. It was only 10 minutes to his audition when Williams excitedly announced that he was perfect for the role.
Fashion wise. Brando’s amazing look in a sweaty t-shirt marked the rise of the apparel as a cool classic menswear staple.