Let's forget about all the cliches. Why is James Dean an icon having only made three films? I don't think it's because of all that "too fast to live, too young to die" babble. It's simply because he was young, fresh and spontaneous. There was a certain innocence and there is still an enduring ambiguity about him, which continues to fascinate and intrigue us. When looking at him, one sees a confused, awkward and insecure boy starting to experiment with life. He was not a superman, just a normal boy. He will always represent the essence of youth.