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:: Spotlight :: World Premiere of “Brando Unauthorized”

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Controversial director Damian Chapa and Amadeus Pictures hosted the World Premiere of the film “Brando Unauthorized” at the Majestic Crest Theatre in Los Angeles recently. The film stars Damian Chapa, Ricco Chapa, Presly Chapa, Natasha Blasick and Fabiola Sicily.

The premiere aided the “P.S. I LOVE YOU FOUNDATION” which is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing at-risk children through inspirational and educational enrichment programs. See more here

The only film ever to have been made on the greatest actor of all time, it touches only lightly on his career but digs deeply into his childhood and his relationship with his son Christian Brando. Damian Chapa directed and played the lead as Marlon Brando and his son Ricco Chapa as Christian Brando. Brando's mother was an abusive alcoholic and his father was a very promiscuous and disturbed man sometimes abusing Brando leaving him emotionally distraught. Brando's own life reflected a great deal of pain leaving many women behind with anger and hatred towards the iconic movie star. However Brando is thought of as sometimes the best actor who has ever lived. The film holds back no punches revealing Brando's gifted but troubled career and his personal battle with the Hollywood elite who, by ironic circumstance, gained financial control of his legacy.

Damian Chapa said, “It's an intense story we carefully based the film on public domain records.” Brando has always been Damian's favourite actor and has been wanting to play him every since he found out Brando's love for the American Indian. Chapa's father is Mexican American and Italian decent however his mother is partially Cherokee Indian. He stated, “Brando's life was so interesting that I even passed on a offer to play Roman Polanski again in Polanski Unauthorized 2 in order to play Marlon Brando. Polanski was a unique part for me, however Brando is so much more interesting.”

Here are some pictures from the premiere.

Damien Chapa
Damien Chapa and his family
Gloria Kisel, Maria Conchita Alonso & Damien Chapa