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Hunting Marlon Brando

By: Mike Sager
Narrated by: George Orlando
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From the start, it sounds ridiculous: "Go to Tahiti, and find Marlon Brando." But, the worldwide search for the legendary method actor, the star of such classic movies as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, On the Waterfront, and Mutiny on the Bounty, soon becomes an obsession. The story of one man’s coming of age.

When we first meet him, Sager is 30 years old, divorce pending, no longer the youngest in the room. Winter is coming. His prospects are dim. After 10 years as a journalist, he knows it’s time to raise his game. He needs to write something big and important and lasting. Something epic. Something meaningful. Something to seal his reputation.

As it is, the new editor of the Washington Post Magazine suggests an all-expenses-paid search for the most elusive actor of the times - starting at his south seas hideaway, a private atoll off the coast of Tahiti. Even though Brando famously hates the press and has refused for years to grant any interviews, Sager takes the job.

Wouldn’t you?

Brando’s work as an actor paved the way for generations to follow, as did his commitment to social activism. And, he is credited with breaking the stereotype of the stoic, inch-deep, flawless American hero in favor of a distinct new template for American manhood - flawed, mercurial, quixotic, tough but tender.

Sager’s story of his worldwide hunt for the iconic actor is a totally true tale of far-flung travel, grandiose schemes, tropical adventure, Hollywood superstardom...and a beautiful Tahitian translator, who puts Sager’s mission in jeopardy when she suddenly disappears. A classic piece first published in 1987, Hunting Marlon Brando is completely re-written and updated with over 40,000 words of new material. As it turned out, it’s a story that altered the entire course of Sager’s life.

With an afterword by Walt Harrington.

“You have to dare to be bad in this world of ours, you have to try stuff, you might have to fail. One thing is certain: If you do what you always do, it’s guaranteed to turn out the same.” (From Hunting Marlon Brando)

About the Author

Mike Sager is a best-selling author and award-winning reporter. For more than 40 years, he has worked as a writer for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Esquire. Sager is the author of more than a dozen books. Many of his stories have inspired documentaries and movies, including the classic Boogie Nights. He is the founder and publisher of The Sager Group, a content brand.

Praise for Mike Sager

“Sager plays Virgil in the modern American Inferno...compelling and stylish magazine journalism, rich in novelistic detail.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Like his journalistic precursors Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, Sager writes frenetic, off-kilter pop-sociological profiles of Americans in all their vulgarity and vitality...he writes with flair, but only in the service of an omnivorous curiosity and defies expectations in pieces that lesser writers would play for satire or sensationalism...a Whitmanesque ode to teeming humanity’s mystical unity.” (The New York Times Book Review)

©2021 Mike Sager (P)2022 Mike Sager

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