Always Be The Center of Attention When You Look and Act Like James Coburn

The late actor, James Coburn knew everything about being the center of attention.
The late actor, James Coburn knew everything about being the center of attention.
Even as far back as 2002, Coburn knew that the "western look," would be very popular.
Even as far back as 2002, Coburn knew that the "western look," would be very popular.

There you are

sitting on a park bench in a mostly-secluded part of the city park. You like it here for there are not many people around. And none of your so-called friends who used to torment you when you attended a high-end party with them. Oh yes, you remember their cruel remarks . . .

  • "Where'd you get that suit? You bought it from a bum in an alleyway?
  • "Is that you who smells like ruined sardines? Oh, it's your cologne."
  • "I would introduce you to my guests, but that would ruin my status."
  • "Did you say that "I" invited you to be at this party? I must have been drinking when I said that."

These nasty things are running perpetually in your worn mind. Oh, you tried to fit-in. And you tried so hard to be cool, suave, and debonair. Somehow being the center of attention was not in your genes or maybe it was not of cosmic planning. Frankly, you have grown to resent your birth and entire life thanks to always being put down and shut out of the good life.

Is James confused or interested? He mastered how to confuse his looks as to fool those who thought they knew him.
Is James confused or interested? He mastered how to confuse his looks as to fool those who thought they knew him.

I am not

going to ramble on and on about your defeats, losses, and embarrassments. I owe you that much for I have always pulled for "the underdog," but friend, you are no longer an "underdog." You now are going down a new pathway. A new way of living, looking, and really enjoying life. Not to be humorous, but the answer to your social and personal dilemma has been right under your nose all of these years: James Coburn.

In the next few minutes, I am going to point-out the major traits that helped the late Coburn to fame, fortune, and tons of popularity. And my friend, if you simply take some time to memorize the things about him I am writing about, it won't be long until you will enjoy a way of life that most "underdogs" can only dream of.

Coburn had the gift of making you feel good about believing whatever look he had on his face.
Coburn had the gift of making you feel good about believing whatever look he had on his face.

This process comes in steps

so you can easily follow what I want you to study and memorize. But before you start your work which I confess will be work. There are no easy ways to be like James Coburn. No, sir. But if you have the determination, dedication and willing to sacrifice the time, you can be like this highly-acclaimed actor and enjoy the "fruits of your labor."

James Coburn's style of dress:

  • Always formal (whenever possible). Certainly not while grocery shopping, but even with that task, he wore a stylish sweater, a turtleneck, sharp slacks and stylish slippers. Never flip-flops, straw hat or torn shirt he wore in his fraternity at college.
  • A necktie or bow-tie when the occasion arose. Coburn fully-believed that looks "do" make the man and what he wore was his own choice. Not some gossip columnist, socialite, or power broker. But his. And he never made any apology for whatever he wore and why. This is crucial. You need to adapt this attitude if you're going to put down that "underdog" image.
  • When Coburn entered a room where the party was going on or he was meeting someone for dinner, he never sat in a position to spill food on his clothes. Fact is, spilling food was not in his DNA. Plus he never drew attention to his clothes. That was left to those around him.


One of Coburn's "keys to success," was always hanging with the elite of his craft. In this photo are two of the best in film: from left, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen and Coburn.
One of Coburn's "keys to success," was always hanging with the elite of his craft. In this photo are two of the best in film: from left, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen and Coburn.

Look at the photo above

and notice the smile on James Coburn's face. He was not on the Guest List for this cocktail party. He just remembered, thanks to his amazing memory, that the party host was celebrating a birthday, so he popped-in the party to deliver the host a nice gift.

This gesture got him several "Oh, James. Stay awhile," and of course, after some modesty, he stayed, but did not overshadow the host with the birthday. You should learn to not always crowd the limelight when there is someone else present who deserves it more.

Now let's look at

James Coburn's behavior and conduct at a classy party:

  • Coburn had a mild way of speaking. Not bellowing what he wanted to say. That would be gosh. Coburn loved to be around people of class so he acted classy. The two elements fit like a glove. Do you get what I am trying to teach you? To be what you want to be, be what you are trying to be.
  • When he was at any party, but frankly, Coburn seldom showed himself at a small get-together unless it was with a hot starlet. Coburn loved high-class cocktail parties and had the money to afford going to them and throwing them. Before you really get to rolling in your quest to be the center of attention, party within your means.
  • Use your eyes to your advantage. When someone is talking to you, make instant eye-contact with them. If it's a lovely woman, stare directly into her eyes. She will be captivated with your gesture. Note: before attending a classy party, use a few eye drops before you go in. No woman appreciates looking into the eyes of a man with blood-shot eyes.

James Coburn was the very definition of self-confidence.
James Coburn was the very definition of self-confidence.
Coburn and his lovely wife, Paula.
Coburn and his lovely wife, Paula.
Coburn did most of his own stunts, so he had to stay in great shape. You should begin a serious regiment of exercise.
Coburn did most of his own stunts, so he had to stay in great shape. You should begin a serious regiment of exercise.
Coburn seen goofing-off during a break in the filming of "The Great Escape."
Coburn seen goofing-off during a break in the filming of "The Great Escape."

Now it's time to inspect

James Coburn's topics he talked about at classy parties:

  • Current events in politics, only if the subject arises. Coburn himself was not into politics that deep, but kept himself up to date about current politics just in case he was asked to comment to an important person at a party about them.
  • Fashions--mostly women's fashions. Yes, this manly-man, Coburn had a fascination for women's fashions. He was a self-made expert on what looked good on a woman and what did not.
  • Cheap gossip was out of the question when talking to James Coburn, but film-making, photogrqphy were just two of his favorite topics to discuss.
  • Foreign sports cars--would have to be the "number one" topic that Coburn loved to talk about to anyone. Even if a lovely girl liked the latest in Italian sports cars, Coburn treated her with his wisdom of gear ratio's, air pressure in tires and how to get that extra boost of power from the car's engine.
  • Investments were acceptable for Coburn to talk about, but was not at the top of his list of things to talk about at a classy party.

Things that James Coburn did not talk about at classy parties:

  • Pets and their care. Coburn loved animals, but only those of African safari's.
  • Health-issues and who was the best doctor to consult. On this list are the things that you do not ever discuss. They turned Coburn off and they will turn off the people you talk to. Do not make a mistake. Learn to not speak of the things on this list.
  • Modern television and its place in society. Coburn was a film nut. He owned several television's, but those were for his guests when he threw a big party at his mansion. Coburn was an avid reader. Anything he could get his hands on during and after a film project he was working on, he would sit and read.
  • Military and all of the sub-topics that went with it. Coburn was a huge anti-Vietnam war advocate and admired those like Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, Abby Hoffman and Jerry Rubin for trying to get our government to pull-out of Vietnam. Since those days, he never partook in any conversation that involved the military.
  • Religion. If you really wanted to get a rise from Coburn, just mention religion.

Many of Coburn's fans thought that he loved the role of "ladies man," but in fact, he hated this image due to him loving his wife, Paula, so much.
Many of Coburn's fans thought that he loved the role of "ladies man," but in fact, he hated this image due to him loving his wife, Paula, so much.
Coburn always drove the best cars and wore sunglasses. If this was one of the keys to his success, they worked.
Coburn always drove the best cars and wore sunglasses. If this was one of the keys to his success, they worked.
One of Coburn's ,many female friends was actress, Kim Basinger.
One of Coburn's ,many female friends was actress, Kim Basinger.
Coburn in a scene from "The Magnificent Seven."
Coburn in a scene from "The Magnificent Seven."
Notice how Coburn has the person (not seen) who is talking to him at his mercy with just a look on his face?
Notice how Coburn has the person (not seen) who is talking to him at his mercy with just a look on his face?

Now we look at

Things James Coburn never did or said at parties or in public:

  • Coburn never said, "Huh?" or "Yeah," for he thought that to be words of the ignorant. He was very well-spoken and precise when making a statement or answering a question.
  • When a nice-looking woman entered the room, Coburn did not elbow his male friend and remark, "look at 'that," for he did not disrespect females.
  • You never heard James Coburn whistle when something amazed him.
  • You also never saw Coburn snap his fingers for he tried his very best to be above all of the things that common men do everyday.
  • Coburn never scratched himself anywhere when people were around. He considered this action vulgar. He would excuse himself to the men's room for such things.

Other things Coburn did that you need to learn:

  • Speak very little at times, but let your eyebrows do the talking. Raise them when someone says something interesting and look stone-faced when you hear something sad.
  • Never lean against a piece of furniture or the wall, but stand firm like a strong man.
  • If you must cough or sneeze, turn your head from those talking to you.

Do you think you can handle this operation of turning yourself from an "underdog," to a successful, confident, man of self-confidence?

Just remember . . .failure is not an option.

This could be you if you work hard.

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word55 18 months ago from Chicago

JC was one of my favorites Ken, he displayed so much humor in his roles. His Flint movies were awesome too. I would take time to watch his movies. I remember "Water Hole Number Three." That was like a Wester comedy. He was magnificent in the M7 flicks. You did a tremendous job on him here. That cigar was like his trade mark. It seems his face had trace lines because he smiled a lot. I really dug his style. He played slick roles. Voted up! God bless too!


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kenneth avery 18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

June 9

word55,

Thank you kindly for your nice thoughts. You my friend, are much-appreciated. And I am going to correct the word you told me about in my email account.

Stay cool and God's peace be around you and your loved ones.


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clivewilliams 18 months ago from Nibiru

One of my favorite characters there man. Nice


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kenneth avery 18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

clivewilliams,

You got that right. To me, and do not freak out, Coburn would have made a GREAT 007.

Amen?

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