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The Godfather was almost left without Al Pacino and Marlon Brando

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Coppola almost had to fight Paramount bosses for his main stars.

The Godfather was Francis Ford Coppola’s first project, and despite his lack of experience, the 29-year-old director’s debut was a resounding success – the gangster drama changed his life forever. But if the filmmaker had gone to the studio, the story could have turned out differently.

“I could have been fired four times while working on the film, Paramount kept dictating its terms,” ​​the legendary director recalled in an interview with YouTube channel GQ.

For example, the bosses of the film studio flatly refused Al Pacino. For the role of Michael Corleone wanted to take the actor better known, while Pacino in the eyes of Paramount was in fact a “nonemia”, not without surprise, says Coppola:

“He was called an actor no one had ever heard of!”

As for Marlon Brando, who played Vito Corleone on the screen, the situation with him was even worse, because the Frenchman seemed to the producers, to put it mildly, not the most prosperous artist:

“They called him a troubled artist that no one would look at.”

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