15 Facts About The Making of the Godfather Movies

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15 Facts About The Making of the Godfather Movies

Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are widely considered some of the best movies ever made, arguably containing the best ever story on the big screen. Godfather Part III? We don't talk about Godfather Part III.

The stories, the acting, even the fight scene where Sonny beats the tar out of Carlo with a phantom punch is still beloved by cinephiles. There have been books, classes, and documentaries about the making of this classic film, yet not all them have all the details.

For instance, did you know Marlon Brando was set to make a cameo in Part II? Or that Michael Corleone almost had a mustachioed actor play him instead of Al Pacino? Or the guy portrayed in the movie The Green Book is actually in the movie?

Leave the gun, take the cannoli, and read up about these 15 behind the scenes factoids about The Godfather that you can't refuse.

They were going to make The Godfather Part IV. Coppola had an idea for it and discussed it with Mario Puzo, and Andy Garcia was going to play the lead. But the project folded after Puzo died.

Source: GQ

Hyman Roth from The Godfather: Part II was based on Meyer Lansky, a real gangster. The story goes that Lansky called Roth after seeing the movie and said the performance was great, but also told him, You could have made me more sympathetic. After all, I am a grandfather.

Source: AMC

The studio absolutely did not want Marlon Brando in The Godfather. They thought he was so much trouble, they'd only consider him if he did a screen test, took zero pay, and put up a million-dollar bond as insurance. In the end, he did a screen test, got paid

Source: NPR

The Godfather was almost set in Kansas City. M That's where the first draft of the script was set, and the studio even took Francis Ford Coppola on a tour of the Italian neighborhoods in Kansas City.

Source: NPR

Real-life gangster Frank Costello inspired Don Corleone. He was called The Prime Minister of the Mafia, and he was measured and used violence only when other options were exhausted. Marlon Brando even based Corleone's voice on Costello's. CRACKED.COM

Source: AMC


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