The Godfather premiered on March 15, 1972 and it’s my favorite gangster movie of all time. I’ve watched it countless times and own about three different versions of the trilogy. The iconic film and cast won five Golden Globe awards and three Oscars and to say it’s been influential in pop culture would be an understatement. Here are some interesting facts about The Godfather you may not know!
In the scene above, Al Pacino does a fantastic job of acting like he has a broken jaw. How did he channel this Academy Award nominated performance? By actually getting his jaw wired shut!! It’s hard to imagine anyone but Al Pacino playing Michael Corleone, but that almost happened. Paramount Pictures were dead set against Pacino playing Vito Corleone’s youngest son and brought in everyone from Martin Sheen to Jack Nicholson to read for the part. Have a look at these screen tests for the role of Michael, including a read by James Caan who would, of course, eventually play Sonny. Bonus at the end of Robert Deniro trying his hand at playing Sonny!