The “Godfather” is a timeless mob movie that people quote and actually have movie marathons. There are a lot of interesting tidbits about this film that happened before it became the cult classic. Here are 5 things you may not know about “The Godfather.”
The Actor Who Played Johnny Fontane Had Real Connections
Al Martino’s character was actually a parody off of his real life. Martino also had a deal with the head of the Philadelphia syndicate. With their support, he was able to secure a role in this film.
Paramount Considered Firing Francis Ford Coppola
There were a lot of things that went wrong during the production of the film. Also, Coppola’s inexperience as a young director was certainly an issue. Coppola didn’t have confidence in the film at all until his wife told him about the success of it after it was released.
Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola Only Worked on the Movie to Pay Off Debts
Puzo had a major gambling debt to pay off. While Coppola’s company owed Warner Bros $600,000.
Marlon Brando Saw the Movie As a Metaphor
Brando got really interested in the film when he started breaking things down as far as corporations and the Vietnam War. It made it look deeper into the mind of the mob and saw that these concepts of “hits” were simply a matter of policy for business.
Al Pacino Was Viewed As a Terrible Choice for Michael Corleone
Coppola fought hard to get Pacino. However, Paramount originally thought he was a runt and not cut out for the role. Coppola and Paramount Pictures head Robert Evans eventually compromised on a deal that would keep Pacino in the movie.