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Al Pacino Was Almost Kicked Out of Godfather
Al Pacino revealed exclusively on ABC during Byron Pitts show that he was ‘almost’ kicked out from Godfather.
Imagine Michael Corleone played by someone other than Al Pacino. I am sure you people cannot even imagine it.
As absurd as it sounds, Al Pacino confessed it himself that there was a time when the producers thought what is this person doing.
“They wanted to fire me when I was on the picture … [during] the shooting, first couple of weeks. Because they kept seeing the rushes, you know, or the footage that was shot and they kept looking at it and thinking, ‘What is he doing?’”
He further mentioned that the restaurant scene is what kept him in the Godfather. Otherwise either he would have left or kicked out.
“Without the great Sterling Hayden and … little Al Lettieri, I wouldn’t be here today. They’d have let me go for — even Frances couldn’t stop them,”
Pacino admits that if it weren’t for Francis Ford Coppola, Godfather’s director, he would have left in the beginning.
“I was so confused at that time, and Francis was so supportive, you know, and so helping me in it, all of it. If it wasn’t for Francis, I would’ve just not showed up one day and said, ‘Hey, look man, I don’t want to be where I’m not wanted.”
It is hard to believe that the producers even thought about letting Al Pacino go. I don’t think anyone else could have done justice to Godfather’s Michael Corleone.