While shooting “The Godfather,” Al Pacino thought it was the worst film ever made

May 1, 2017

We can’t imagine The Godfather without a young Al Pacino as Michael Corleone. But, apparently, we might’ve had to if things had gone a little bit differently.

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We can’t imagine The Godfather without a young Al Pacino as Michael Corleone. But, apparently, we might’ve had to if things had gone a little bit differently.

The cast of the 1972 classic — along with director Francis Ford Coppola — recently reunited at the Tribeca Film Festival. There, the now-iconic actor dished on how he really felt during the early days of what ended up being a breakout performance. And what he said made our jaws drop.

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“I thought, ‘Gee, it’s not a really good role,’ Pacino, now 77-years-old, said on stage during the reunion — more than 45 years after The Godfather‘s release. The reunion happened alongside a screening of the film for its anniversary. “Sonny is the part I can play,” he reminisced.

During a particularly rough beginning to shooting the movie, Pacino had some pretty intense thoughts run through his head.

“It’s over,” he thought, according to PageSix.com. He added, “This is the worst film ever made!”

As we all know, the equally awesome James Caan took on the part of the fiery oldest son and knocked it out of the park, with both a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for the portrayal.

And obviously, our mouths are hanging open upon hearing this news from Pacino for many reasons.

First, this movie is among the top on every “Best Movies of All Time” list we’ve literally ever seen. And secondly, Michael Corleone with another actor is an offer we can refuse.


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