Bastard Sons of Lee? What the….? That’s what I asked myself when I first heard about it. I often get asked, “Why write about Lee Marvin? I mean, why him? ….And why are you wearing that shirt?” One of the answers has to do with Marvin’s legacy, which is unlike any classic film star I’ve ever come across. Seriously. The bizarre and secretive Sons of Lee Marvin is one thing, which I wrote about in Lee Marvin: Point Blank. The Bastard Sons of Lee? After all, did John Wayne or Humphrey Bogart leave as many little ‘mementos’ in their wake? I think not. Actually, they’re not really Marvin’s sons. Bastards, maybe but… Anyway, they do indeed exist, and clearly, boast of their illigitmate status, as seen below:
Seriously? Have you seen this? Are there boastful Bastard Montgomery Clift bumper stickers? Ha! I think not!…Oh wait….never mind.
Well, how about this window decal…
See what I mean? As the eminetly quotable Bugs Bunny would say, “Bizarre, ain’t it?” Clearly, it ain’t your father’s fan club, that’s for sure. In fact, maybe the best way to explain is via this L.A. Times article from the 90s. Click on in to enlarge. Read it. Then we’ll talk. There will be a quiz. Talk to you then….