Revered Hollywood legend James Dean was planning to ditch his glittering
acting career, when his life was cut tragically short in a 1955 car
The Rebel Without a Cause hero told close pal and co-star Dennis Hopper
that he wanted to become a film director, as he couldn't stand being treated
like a puppet.
Apocalypse Now actor Hopper recalls, "Jimmy was going to try directing. It
was going be a movie called THE ACTOR, about being a movie star. Jimmy wanted
to be in charge.
"He was going to stop acting in films and be a director, but he died
before any of this could happen. We had pretty much seen the end of James Dean
on the screen, even if he had lived."
Hopper continues, "He couldn't stand being interrupted every five seconds
by some idiot behind the camera. He was too caught up in the role to be stopped
abruptly and made to start again.
"He was going to do just one more acting part - as ROCKY GRAZIANO in
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME - and then stop acting. That part ultimately went to
Paul Newman, after Jimmy died in the car wreck."