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The Godfather: What if Olivier had portrayed him instead of Brando?

Posted on 08/13/2011 4:18:16 PM PDT by EveningStar

Would Lord Laurence Olivier have made a better Don Vito Corleone than Marlon Brando in The Godfatherc?

Coppola's casting choices were unpopular with studio executives at Paramount Pictures, particularly Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone. Coppola's first two choices for the role were both Brando and Laurence Olivier, but Olivier's agent refused the role, saying, "Lord Olivier is not taking any jobs. He's very sick. He's gonna die soon and he's not interested" (Olivier lived 18 years after the refusal)...

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KEYWORDS: donvitocorleone; laurenceolivier; marlonbrando; thegodfather
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1 posted on 08/13/2011 4:18:23 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

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2 posted on 08/13/2011 4:19:25 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
IIRC, Ronald Reagan was slated to play Rick in Casablanca instead of Humphrey Bogart.
3 posted on 08/13/2011 4:23:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: EveningStar

I would have preferred Ernest Borgnine. I think Brando played him to wimpy...a real Godfather would probably have a temper and be pretty dominant. Just IMHO. Never met a mobster, so what do I know?


4 posted on 08/13/2011 4:25:07 PM PDT by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: EveningStar

Good stuff. The IMDB trivia for this picture is fascinating for movie buffs.

Recently saw it again on AMC and it looked better than ever. Maybe a new/restored version? Just great.


5 posted on 08/13/2011 4:26:18 PM PDT by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: EveningStar

He shoulda’ made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.


6 posted on 08/13/2011 4:33:00 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire but I swear I didn't see him in the rearview mirror.)
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To: BipolarBob

Olivier would have just asked him, “Is it safe?”


7 posted on 08/13/2011 4:34:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar

Thanks to that, Sir Laurence went on to do the narration for “The World at War.” I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing that.


8 posted on 08/13/2011 4:36:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mr Rogers

Buonnaserra: [Whispers in the Godfather’s ear...]
Godfather (played by Olivier): “Now is the winter of my discontent made glorious summer by this Son of Sicily...”

Nahhhhhhh. You’ve got to be joking. Brando was brilliant in the Godfather. When I saw it first run in the theater, my jaw dropped in amazement as Brando was how I visualized him from Puzo’s book.


9 posted on 08/13/2011 4:37:16 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: Mr Rogers

From what I’ve read it can really depend on the person...There have been Godfathers with extreme violent tempers(like Albert Anastasia/ Known as the Mad Hatter..Worked for Murder Inc.)and then there are Godfathers like Carlo Gambino who was refered to as a servile cringing Squirrel of a man by Bonnano..

But what one of the most clever Godfathers who increased the Gambino family to one of the most powerfull in NY and stayed in power for 18 years and died peacefully in bed.


10 posted on 08/13/2011 4:39:57 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Frank Sheed
When I saw it first run in the theater, my jaw dropped in amazement as Brando was how I visualized him from Puzo’s book.

I haven't seen the movies, just stills, but, you're right, he does look like I pictured him from Puzo's book.
11 posted on 08/13/2011 4:41:34 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: EveningStar

My money was on Rudy Vallee.


12 posted on 08/13/2011 4:43:52 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: EveningStar

How and why does one attempt to second guess an Oscar winning movie? Kinda like asking if the Beatles could have performed “Satisfaction” better than the Rolling Stones.......or Little Richard singing “New York, New York” better than Sinatra..........


13 posted on 08/13/2011 4:44:48 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: Frank Sheed

That was the point, to paint the Godfather as a sympathetic character, who only killed people who needed killing, not as some raving bloodthirsty madman.


14 posted on 08/13/2011 4:46:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar
Brando and DeNiro (early years) did a great job... and you can see Brando's character in Michael Corleone... big time... and Brando and Pacino tied that together wonderfully.

LLS

15 posted on 08/13/2011 4:46:52 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: whinecountry

It was funny seeing Pacino doing the screen tests for the role of Sonny, thank god that didn’t happen.


16 posted on 08/13/2011 4:47:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar

The studio also wanted Burt Reynolds to play Sonny instead of James Caan. I think Burt would’ve done a good job, but Caan was great.


17 posted on 08/13/2011 4:47:44 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: GunRunner

When I see Caan, I still think of him as Brian Piccolo.


18 posted on 08/13/2011 4:49:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar

Anthony Quinn would also have been a good choice for the role of Don Vito Corleone.


19 posted on 08/13/2011 4:49:29 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: GunRunner

I think John Cazale had the best performance overall of any of the actors, Fredo was probably the most difficult character to play, and Cazale was just absolutely perfect.


20 posted on 08/13/2011 4:50:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: whinecountry

Very surprised to see “Uncle Junior Soprano” played Johnny Ola in Godfather II.


21 posted on 08/13/2011 4:52:38 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: dfwgator

He was great. Died of bone cancer I think.


22 posted on 08/13/2011 4:54:00 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: Krankor
Very surprised to see “Uncle Junior Soprano” played Johnny Ola in Godfather II.

Maybe somebody can help me out with this: What exactly did Fredo do to help Hyman Roth and Johnny Ola, thereby betraying his brother Michael?

23 posted on 08/13/2011 4:55:15 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: GunRunner

I only found out recently that when he died, he was with Meryl Streep....and DeNiro personally bankrolled the insurance with the movie studio so he could be in The Deerhunter.


24 posted on 08/13/2011 4:57:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GreenHornet

I’m not sure, but I think he inadvertently helped them set up Michael that time they shot up Michael’s house and tried to kill him.


25 posted on 08/13/2011 4:59:11 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: dfwgator

Bingo! The family used people’s vices as a means of income; they were going to drink or gamble anyway.

The Solazzo thing with drugs turned off Don Corleone who saw it as a different means of corruption. That went against the younger, greedier Dons who didn’t emigrate here and go through the hardships he did as a young man. That is why they tried to bump him off and lead to “the mattresses.”


26 posted on 08/13/2011 5:01:13 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: GreenHornet

Speculation was he was the one who opened the curtains in the bedroom when they tried to kill Michael. He also provided key information to the Congressional Committee who was investigating the Corleone Family, knowing the key Senator on the committee was on Roth’s payroll.


27 posted on 08/13/2011 5:02:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Cazale was dying of cancer. His last movie was the Deer Hunter, I believe, and he died soon after it was completed.


28 posted on 08/13/2011 5:03:41 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: Mr Rogers
a real Godfather would probably have a temper and be pretty dominant. Just IMHO. Never met a mobster, so what do I know?

I have, and he lived across the street from a good friend of mine just north of Detroit. In fact, he owned a huge vacant lot next to my friend's house where he supplied soccer nets and installed a goal post for the local kids to either play soccer or practice field goal kicking. He was also active in my friend's Catholic church........

For all intents and purposes, he was a wonderful old man to his neighbors but his "business" finally landed him in prison.........

It's typical hollywood hype, today's mobsters are your friendly neighbors taking their kids to soccer and ball practice or having the grandkids over for the weekend..........

29 posted on 08/13/2011 5:04:25 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: Oratam
My money was on Rudy Vallee.

Yeah, maybe, but I still think Gene Autry would have been a better choice.
30 posted on 08/13/2011 5:05:11 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: Frank Sheed

He died even before completion, they altered the filming schedule, so they could film his scenes first.


31 posted on 08/13/2011 5:06:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Frank Sheed

I thought Brando was great in the Godfather, in fact it is the only movie I have seen him in where I didn’t think he was over acting. I am certainly not a Brando fan, I think in most of his movies he sucks. but I am no critic, I thought Betty Davis was overacting in most of her movies too and though most Hollywood interviews called her beautiful I thought she was a dog.


32 posted on 08/13/2011 5:06:40 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: GreenHornet
Michael believed that Fredo gave them information that helped them with their assassination attempt on him at the Corleone compound.

However, Fredo claims he had nothing to do with the hit attempt, and only wanted to break out on his own with Roth's help, since he knew he would always be the runt in the Corleone clan with no chance for his own family.

33 posted on 08/13/2011 5:07:47 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: Frank Sheed
The old school Dons were very much against any dealings in the drug business, like Paulie in GoodFellas. Drug dealing convictions usually meant long prison sentences for mob leaders, whereas women and gambling did not pose the same risks.
34 posted on 08/13/2011 5:11:29 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: Venturer

I only wish in Godfather II, they had Clemenza, instead of Pentageli. We never really learn what happend to Clemenza, other than the guy saying, “That was no heart attack.”


35 posted on 08/13/2011 5:12:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mr Rogers
...a real Godfather would probably have a temper and be pretty dominant. Just IMHO.

That is the stereotype.

Brando killed it (no pun intended).

36 posted on 08/13/2011 5:15:24 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: EveningStar

BTTT


37 posted on 08/13/2011 5:16:49 PM PDT by advertising guy (if a politician from either party was to say hello to me, it should be law I can shoot em)
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To: dfwgator

Goidfather II wasn’t too bad , although the flashbacks were the best part of it, but Godfather III Reeked, it sucked so bad. I have never been able to watch it in it’s entirety.


38 posted on 08/13/2011 5:20:33 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
I thought Brando was great in the Godfather, in fact it is the only movie I have seen him in where I didn’t think he was over acting

I was watching The Wild One recently and was amazed at how effeminate Brando came across. I think MST3K could have done a great spoof of that movie.
39 posted on 08/13/2011 5:29:00 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: Krankor

There were a lot of rumors about Brando’s sexuality.


40 posted on 08/13/2011 5:30:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL...absolutely!


41 posted on 08/13/2011 5:30:55 PM PDT by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: dfwgator
I only wish in Godfather II, they had Clemenza, instead of Pentageli. We never really learn what happend to Clemenza, other than the guy saying, “That was no heart attack.”

That was the original intent, however, the actor who played Clemenza, Richard Castellano, wanted too much money to do the sequel, so they killed him off and replaced his character with Frankie Pentageli.

42 posted on 08/13/2011 5:32:38 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Krankor

Good one...I missed that connection.


43 posted on 08/13/2011 5:33:41 PM PDT by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: Hot Tabasco
We had a small-time mobster for a neighbor 2 doors away in a Dallas suburb. I never really knew him, but one night my doorbell rang. I opened the door, and one of the weirdest looking couples I ever saw stood there, silent for a moment. Then the man said "We're looking for Eddie". I told him Eddie lived over in the second house. I sometimes still get goose bumps wondering what I could have done if he had a shotgun.

One Saturday afternoon Eddie's girlfriend came looking for my wife, who was a nurse. I told her my wife was at work at the hospital. Girlfriend went across the street, and the guy over there was drafted to drive Eddie in his Rolls to the mob doctor to get his hand stitched up after cutting it with the hedge trimmer.

On an Easter Sunday afternoon Eddie was using spray cans to paint a big Lincoln in his driveway a different color while a Dallas police helicopter circled overhead, watching the paint job in progress. Life as Eddie's neighbor wasn't exactly dull. He moved to Houston after defaulting on his mortgage on the house, and we never heard of him again.

44 posted on 08/13/2011 5:35:03 PM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: dfwgator

I read Puzo’s book well before the movie was produced....it was right to fear Luca Brazzi....my God, what an animal

Also the real reason Connie “had to leave” was just nasty


45 posted on 08/13/2011 5:35:04 PM PDT by advertising guy (if a politician from either party was to say hello to me, it should be law I can shoot em)
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To: EveningStar

After seeing Morolon’s twitching fat ass nekkid in “Last Bango in Paris”, that was it for me......didn’t bother with anything to do with him after that.


46 posted on 08/13/2011 5:36:09 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: EveningStar

Olivier would have been miscast as a low order Sicilian.

Brando, however, was a natural for the part, and was at his best playing tough guy, “earthy” roles.


47 posted on 08/13/2011 5:37:03 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: EveningStar
Haven't rad any other posts yet

The Godfather: What if Olivier had portrayed him instead of Brando?

The movie would have bombed!!

Any in show or movie, that we remember, the cast has a certain chemistry. We have to believe that they are the character in the story that they pretend they are.

I look at Marlin Brando, and I see a mafia don. Watch his little actions in the film. When he plays with the cat in the opening scene, when he plays with his grandson and he dies. Everything you see is inline with a powerful mafia Don circa 1950's.

Not to say anything about Olivier as an actor. He's fantastic, but he isn't a Mafia Don. He is, however, a fantastic e-Nai (Marathon Man)

48 posted on 08/13/2011 5:39:10 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: EveningStar

Can’t stand Brando...never could...


49 posted on 08/13/2011 5:40:54 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 19th LA Inf
He moved to Houston after defaulting on his mortgage

LOL....I guess your description of Eddie as "smalltime" was right....Yo, Vinnie! Yo, Rico!

50 posted on 08/13/2011 5:41:54 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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