Sixty years ago yesterday, Tennessee William's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE premiered on Broadway.
In 1951, the film version of the play was released in theatres.
And from that moment, the pressure was on for men to not only look good with their shirts off, but also to look HOT.
The pressure had been on women and continues to be on women more so than men, but when Marlon Brando took his sweaty t-shirt off, showed his torso and built pecs to the camera and then slipped into a ultra-tight t-shirt that left nothing to the imagination, it wasn't just Vivien Leigh who was moist and perspiring - - it was every straight woman and gay man in America.
I've seen a lot of porn in my time - - when you come out of the closet, the Gay Mafia gives you a nice welcome basket full of gay porn, Judy Garland cd's and your very own boa - - but to me, nothing is sexier than this scene from STREETCAR.
This is the first meeting between Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski. Near the end of the play, when Blanche is slipping further and further into madness and Stanley is just about to rape her, he says, "We've had this date from the beginning." You can see the raw sexual tension, the power struggle, the fact that he will take what he wants from her and destroy her, all in this clip.
See? I told you. Marlon had it goin' ON back in the day.