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Francis Ford Coppola shares original footage of Al Pacino’s audition for Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER

Francis Ford Coppola shares original footage of Al Pacino’s audition for Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER

Director Francis Ford Coppola recently shared footage of a young man Al Pacino auditioned for the role of Michael Corleone in the classic 1972 film The Godfather.

Coppola said that Pacino was considered too short and scruffy for the role: “The interesting thing here is that I was given a reason against casting Pacino because not only was he too short, but also too ‘scruffy.’

“So we cut his hair and dressed him in a more non-shabby, more collegial way, and then the criticism was that he was so cleaned up that he had lost some of his natural charm. I realized they just didn’t want Al, no matter how tall or short, scruffy or collegial.

Coppola continued, “His first ‘too scruffy’ haircut was given to him by my wife Ellie. For the second haircut, we went to a local barber and found out it was for an actor from The Godfather, who had a heart attack. (The barber actually had a heart attack and was then taken to hospital)”

It’s really great to watch and there are some fun insights here that cinephiles will appreciate.

by Joey Paur
Source: Geek Tyrant

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