Screen Testing with Pacino, Brando & De Niro: The Godfathers that almost Never Were

By

4th Feb, 2013

If someone ever admits to having never seen The Godfather (it happens more than you would think), I instantly get dramatic; widening my eyes, dropping my jaw with a gigantic gasp and other over-the-top gestures. It’s obviously a pretty obnoxious reaction but one that I feel is apparently appropriate for describing how I feel about the prospect of missing out on such a perfect cinematic event.

But alas, these behind-the-scenes clips of screen tests for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 Mario Puzo adaptation, reveal that it nearly wasn’t so perfect. We hear from Coppola, James Caan, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and various producers talking about how most of the principle actors not only very nearly didn’t get the parts, but Marlon Brando’s name was blacklisted by executives. As for the part of Michael Corleone, everyone but Al Pacino was in with a chance. While blonde-haired actors like Robert Redford and Ryan O’Neal were being considered, Al Pacino was the dark horse who producers really, really didn’t want to cast…

“I just don’t respond well to being around where I’m not wanted”– Al Pacino

YouTube Preview Image

 

“As President of Paramount Pictures, Marlon Brando will never appear in this picture”.

YouTube Preview Image

 

“Me and four thousand other people came in”– Robert De Niro’s screen test.

YouTube Preview Image

Via Open Culture

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in Don't Be A TouristHow to start a subcultureInspiration VaultLife is MessyOff-Beat & Little KnownPeople / Icons / Muses

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

tokyobath14

An Intimate Look inside a 1950s Tokyo Bath House

Caution, this post will make you feel like a bit of a peeping Tom. We're about to take a rather voyeuristic tour of a Japanese bath house in the year 1951, with LIFE photographer Michael Rougier. It...

Trending 16,477
arch7

My Parisian Studio in Tokyo, Japan

Photographic studio spaces can be wondrous little places, sort of like your own private theatre set without the audience. This particular studio that I virtually stumbled upon in downtown Tokyo, has...

Trending 5,138
springbreak32

Spring Break in the 1980s: Big Hair, Tiny Swimwear

For eleven years, photographer Keith McManus followed the tequila-fueled escapades of Spring Breakers at Daytona Beach, Florida. Between 1982 and 1993, he made the annual voyage with his Leica came...

Trending 31,095