Marlon Brando had only one condition to accept the role of The Godfather

After 50 years this is still considered by many to be the best movie ever

by Sededin Dedovic
Marlon Brando had only one condition to accept the role of The Godfather
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s reported by the renowned entertainment website "Collider," the production of "The Godfather" carried an intriguing behind-the-scenes anecdote involving Marlon Brando and his peculiar casting preferences. Contrary to being a source of trouble on set, Brando's concern revolved around a specific individual, Burt Reynolds.

This unexpected casting twist arose when Francis Ford Coppola, the mastermind behind the cinematic masterpiece, believed that the relatively young Reynolds, who had already earned his stripes in notable TV series like "Gunsmoke," "Hawk," and "August Day," would be the ideal candidate to portray the iconic character of Michael Corleone.

Coppola's conviction was palpable, yet it stirred a potent disagreement. Marlon Brando, an acting legend in his own right, vehemently opposed Reynolds' selection, to the extent that he issued a stern ultimatum to the producers.

Brando made it abundantly clear that if Reynolds were to be cast, he would walk away from the project. This bold stance by Brando, a method actor of formidable repute, cast a shadow of uncertainty over Reynolds' potential involvement in "The Godfather." Years later, in a candid interview with Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live," Burt Reynolds confirmed the longstanding rumors surrounding Brando's objection to working with him on the set of "The Godfather." This revelation served to corroborate the intriguing tale that had, until then, been largely shrouded in secrecy.

In the end, the role of Michael Corleone was not bestowed upon Burt Reynolds, but rather to the then-unknown actor Al Pacino, marking a pivotal moment in Pacino's career. As history would attest, this casting decision proved to be a serendipitous one, as Al Pacino's portrayal of Michael Corleone became an iconic performance in cinematic history.

For Burt Reynolds, this twist of fate was a fortunate deviation from the path that led him to explore a different trajectory in the film industry. Shifting his focus towards comedies and action films, Reynolds ascended to stardom with notable successes like "White Lightning," "Deliverance," and "Smokey and the Bandit." These films not only bolstered his popularity but also cemented his status as one of the most sought-after actors during the 1970s, solidifying his place in the annals of Hollywood history.

The juxtaposition of these two legendary actors, Brando and Reynolds, and their contrasting destinies in the wake of "The Godfather" casting drama, serves as a fascinating chapter in the lore of Hollywood.