Concern: Paul Mescal has admitted it's daunting to be cast as Marlon Brando's famed Stanley Kowalski in the new production of A Streetcar Named Desire

Paul Mescal admits it’s daunting to play Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire

Paul Mescal has admitted it’s daunting to be cast as Marlon Brando’s famed Stanley Kowalski in the Almeida Theatre’s new production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

“There’s definitely a fear associated with it being so famously well done, but I think that’s going to go away,” said the Irish heartthrob.

The Normal People star, 26, certainly has the physique to fill out Brando’s famous white tee.

Concern: Paul Mescal has admitted it’s daunting to be cast as Marlon Brando’s famed Stanley Kowalski in the new production of A Streetcar Named Desire

Stanley is one of the most iconic roles in theater, most famously played by Marlon Brando in the original 1947 Broadway production and subsequent 1952 film.

A Streetcar Named Desire can be seen at the Almeida Theater from December 10th to February 4th, 2023.

Mescal has played in London before – The Plow and the Stars in 2018.

Big role:

Big role: “The anxiety is definitely related to it being so famously well done, but I think that’s going to go away,” said the Irish heartthrob (Marlon in the 1952 film).

Based on the Tennessee Williams play, this famous drama follows troubled former school teacher Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) as she leaves small town Mississippi and moves in with her sister Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter) and husband Stanley (Marlon Brando), in New -Orleans.

Blanche’s flirtatious Southern beauty causes problems for Stella and Stanley, who are already in a volatile relationship, leading to even greater conflict in the Kowalski household.

It comes after Paul revealed he may rue the day he decided to leave social media but doesn’t think it’s “useful for people”.

Upcoming: A Streetcar Named Desire runs from December 10th to February 4th, 2023 at the Almeida Theater

Upcoming: A Streetcar Named Desire runs from December 10th to February 4th, 2023 at the Almeida Theater

The star, who rose to fame as Connell Waldron, made the decision to deactivate his accounts in 2021 after rising to overnight fame.

He told The Guardian: “I just don’t think it’s particularly useful for people to see you for who you are,” while making a box shape of his hands and framing his face.

Paul continued: “I thought it was either getting off the bus or staying on it and I wanted to get off. In 10 years I might regret the day I threw away my social media, but look, it just is what it is.

It is not known exactly when Paul, who had more than 1 million followers, deactivated his account, but his profile on Instagram disappeared in April 2021.

Iconic: Stanley is one of the most iconic roles in theater, most famously played by Marlon Brando in the original 1947 Broadway production and subsequent 1952 film (Vivien Leigh as Blanche and Marlon Brando as Stanley pictured).

Iconic: Stanley is one of the most iconic roles in theater, most famously played by Marlon Brando in the original 1947 Broadway production and subsequent 1952 film (Vivien Leigh as Blanche and Marlon Brando as Stanley pictured).

A source told The Sun at the time: “Paul has deactivated his Instagram account because it has just become a drain. He felt like he was wasting time there, reading the comments is not good for anyone’s sanity.

“There are more important things in his life and he wants to focus his energy on his personal life and work, he doesn’t need social media for that. He’s a private guy and doesn’t feel the need to share everything online.

The source added that Paul doesn’t think it’s “worthwhile” to cash in on “lucrative offers” from brands where he reportedly could have charged six figures.

They also claimed that the Irish actor may reactivate his Instagram in the future but is currently “enjoying” his break.

In December, Paul opened up about the pressures of social media in a candid interview with Glamor after his account went from 1,000 to over 100,000 followers.

He said: “It’s an amazing privilege to have a platform like this and it kind of happened overnight. It went from 1,000 followers to a few 100,000. It is wonderful.

“What I’m most excited about is that it’s coming from people who have seen Normal People and are really involved. But it’s also important to acknowledge that I think we live in a time where we can become obsessed.

“Over the course of this year I’ve learned a lot about how to detach from these things. Nobody will remember your Instagram followers. It will not be written on your tombstone.’

Hunk: The star, 26, certainly has the physique to fill out Brando's famous white t-shirt (pictured in Normal People with Daisy Edgar-Jones)

Hunk: The star, 26, certainly has the physique to fill out Brando’s famous white t-shirt (pictured in Normal People with Daisy Edgar-Jones)

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