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Here’s What The Cast of “The Godfather” Looked Like Then Vs. Now

“Just when I think I’m out, They will pull me back in.” The legendary & one of the greatest movies ever produced “The Godfather,” celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. And despite crossing five decades of its release the movie is still captivating the hearts of its audience by its intruding storyline, excellent cinematography experience, and phenomenal performances by the cast. The movie was made on a budget of US$6 million and was the first movie to have gross revenue of over 269 million at that time.

But the production of the film was as difficult as to surpass its success of half-century. From “Bonnie and Clyde” actor Warren Beatty turning down the offer by the studio to direct, produce, and star as Michael, to Francis Ford Coppola on the verge of committing suicide multiple times to hunt down the perfect cast for the movie and convince them to join in, even if it means to go against the Studio. The beginning for sure wasn’t all pleasant “Apocalypse Now” filmmaker but worth the result.

Here meet the iconic cast of “The Godfather” trilogy and see how are they doing now~

1. Al Pacino (Michael Corleone)

Alfredo James Pacino established himself in the American industry nearly five decades back with the legendary Mob film “The Godfather” based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel of the same name. But do you know he wasn’t the first choice for this role? Forget about first, the iconic actor, who is best known for his intense and explosive style of acting, was even rejected because of his small stature by the studio and later fired three times during the shoot of “The Godfather.”

But all thanks to six-times Golden Globe winner Coppola, who knew the moment he laid his eyes on Pacino that he’s the one. Al Pacino critically acclaimed himself by getting two Oscar nominations for his role as Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather’ Franchise. The “Scarface” actor who though never married, was linked with many of his fellow co-stars including his “The Godfather trilogy” on-screen romance Diane Keaton.

His other notable work includes Scent of a Woman, The Irishman, Carlito Way, The Insider, Once upon on a Time in Hollywood, and House of Gucci (which is now in talk to have a sequel.) The 81-year-old icon was recently seen in Michael Polish’s 2021 film titled American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally, playing the role of a lead defense attorney, James Laughlin.

2. Marlon Brando (Don Vito Corleone)

Brando, who played the patriarch of the Corleone clan, was already a well-known face in the Entertainment circle with numerous accolades under his name, including Oscar and Golden Globe. His career, however, was hitting the rock bottom at the time he auditioned with more than a decade of failure in the box office. Brando made his phenomenal comeback on the silver screen with his gut-wrenching role as crime boss Vito Corleone, winning Oscar Award for Best Actor category in 1973 (Though he declined the honor to shed light on the treatment of Native Americans in the Film Industry.)

He was one of the actors on the set of “The Godfather” to encourage Al Pacino. After the commercial success of ‘The Godfather,’ Brando appeared in several blockbusters like Tango in Paris, Superman, Apocalypse Now, etc.

The culture icon passed away at the age of 80 due to congestive heart failure on 1 July 2004. According to Forbes in 2005, the late actor was still one of the best one of the top-earning deceased celebrities in the world with a net worth of US$9 million.

3. Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen)

Actor-Filmmaker Robert Selden Duvall started as a theatre artist and was later featured in several blockbusters like M*A*S*H, THX 1138, and Tomorrow. The California-born actor initially auditioned for the role of Michael Corleone but was eventually chosen to play the role of consigliere pr advisor for the mafia family.

He scored his first Oscar for the American drama film Tender Mercies along with Golden Globe in 1983 and was once named in Guinness Book of World Records as the most versatile actor in the world.

The 91-year-old last appeared in Gillian Flynn’s heist thriller film ‘Widows’ as a corrupt power broker in 2018.

4. Diane Keaton (Kay Adams)

Diane Keaton, who’s famous in the industry for her peculiar fashion style and personality, played the role of Michael Corleone’s girlfriend (later second wife) in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” trilogy. After collaborating in the highest-gross revenue film of that time, Diane starred in another box office hit satirical romantic-comedy called “Annie Hall.”

Just like her former lover Al Pacino, Diane Keaton is content being unmarried and the mother of two kids; her eldest daughter Dexter and son Duke.

‘The Young Pope’ actor will soon make her appearance in a lead role on the big screen with Katie Aselton’s comedy film Mack and Rita.

5. James Caan (Sonny Corleone)

James Caan was indeed truly made for playing the role of the eldest son of the mafia with the sixth dan black belt championship under his belt. Like Duvall, he also auditioned for Michael but was later convinced by Coppola to play Sonny Corleone.

1940-born actor won Italian of the year twice in New York for his role in ‘The Godfather’ (Nope… he ain’t. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Germany) along with Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

He was recently seen playing Dan Simpson in a rom-com movie titled “Queen Bees,” featuring Ellen Burstyn, Ann Margret, Christopher Llyod, Jane Curtin, Loretta Devine, and Elizabeth Mitchell.

6. Talia Shire (Connie Corleone)

Talia Shire (originally Talia Rose Coppola) was got almost kicked out of the set by her director brother of the film “The Godfather,” who believed her performance was not up to par. The new face, however, earned an Oscar nomination for her role as Connie Shire in the sequel of the film.

Talia also starred in the Oscar-winning sports drama film “Rocky,” where she appeared playing the love interest of Rocky Balboa, Adriana Pennino and won the critics in her favor.

The 75-year-old beauty was recently featured in Robert Jury’s directorial debut The Working man in 2020.

7. John Cazale (Fredo Corleone)

The legendary star, who had terminal metastasized lung cancer, passed away at the age of 42 on 13 March 1978. His archival footage was used to finish the third installment of “The Godfather.”

Cazale was one of the rare artists whose six(out of seven) featured films were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. The on-screen brother duo, Al Pacino and Cazale, also shared the screen in Sidney Lumet’s film inspired by the true event “Dog Day Afternoon” in 1975.

8. Richard S. Castellano (Peter Clement)

Though now hard to believe, Richard, a well-known face in that era, was the one to receive the highest amount among the cast during the first installment.

Studio replaced the Academy nominated star in the sequel by another character called Frank Pentangeli(Michael Gazzo) after his absurd demands on complete creative control over the character.

The Caporegime playing actor died of a heart attack at his home in North Bergen, N.J. Before his unfortunate death, he played the role of an Agent in the German film “Dear Mr. Wonderful.”

9. Gianni Russo (Carlo Rizzi)

Gianni Russo, an actor, singer, and businessman, worked for a famous Italian-American crime lord Frank Costello before joining the cast of “The Godfather.”

After his debut as an abusive husband in 1972, the 79-year-old starred in various films including Rudeness, Chances Are, The Freshman, Seabiscuit, and Send No Flowers.

In 2019, Russo made a shocking statement about the death of the American Sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, accusing involvement of Bobby Kennedy to hide her involvement with John F. Kennedy. (An ex- LAPD cop recently claimed the same.)

10. Morgana King (Carmela Corleone)

Morgana set off her career as an American Jazz singer at the mere age of sixteen. She accomplished her ambition to act as a dramatic actress with her acting debut in the first installment of Coppola’s “The Godfather.”

“A Taste of Honey” singer succumbed to cancer at 87, which was publicly disclosed by her friend John Hoglund via his tribute on Facebook.

11. Sofia Coppola (Mary Corleone)

Sofia Coppola made her acting debut as an infant Michael Francis Rizzi in her father’s critically acclaimed crime film “The Godfather.” However, her acting skills were highly criticized, and was often subjected to nepotism.

In the third and final installment of The Godfather trilogy, many critics remarked her casting in the lead role as an “almost-fatal flaw” and couldn’t feel any spark between Andy Garcia and his love interest, Sofia. After that, she decided to switch her career, following her parents’ footsteps as a Filmmaker.

Her first debut film “The Virgin Suicide” received positive reviews in 1999. She is well-known in the industry for her rom-com Lost In Translation, which scored her an Academy Award as well as 3 Golden Globes in 2003. Her other notable works are Marie Antoinette, The Bling Bling, The Beguiled, and On the Rocks.

12. Andy Garcia (Vincent Mancini)

Andy Garcia got his first (though short) role in the episode of CBS’ “Murder, She Wrote.” He got his first big break in Brian De Palma’s crime film “The Untouchables” in 1987.

In 1989, he played the role of the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone and despite failing the legacy of its predecessors, the movie earned seven Academy Award nominations including Andy’s for Best Supporting Actor.

Cuba-born actor and director Andy featured in several theatres hit like For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, The Lost City, Mama Mia! Here We Go Again!, and My Dinner with Herve.

He will be starring in the fourth installment of “Expendables” Franchise as well as Gaz Alazraki’s comedy film “Father of the Bride.”

So, that’s all for today. If you want us to cover any other series or subject then leave your precious suggestions below & stay tuned for more!

PS: Did you know that the role played by Sofia, Mary Corleone, originally belonged to two-times-Oscar-nominated Winona Ryder, but she backed out at the last minute due to nervous exhaustion?

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