Star Brando fancied eels and sharks

Movie legend Marlon Brando wanted an aquarium stocked with sharks and eels.

So says the craftsman who helped the actor design a Polynesian retreat that was never realised.

Maverick architect Harry Gesner has revealed all about the late star's lagoon home in Tetiaroa in Architecture Design magazine.

He says Brando had some odd requests.

"Brando wanted six-foot sharks and moray eels swimming around the tank."

But Gesner, who was also hired to help Brando re-model his Beverly Hills home, was impressed with the actor's conservation and environmental ideas.

"Brando was very into ecology. We talked a long time about how to incorporate elements like indigenous materials, solar voltaic cells, windmills and so on."

Gesner eventually quit after the eccentric Brando, who starred in The Godfather movies and Mutiny on the Bounty, hired him to start another retreat project in Wyoming.

He recalls: "He would have kept me on a string forever doing plans that went nowhere." - Wenn