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Al Pacino Was Almost Passed Over

We already detailed how Paramount Pictures didn’t want Marlon Brando at first to be Don Vito Corleone. Equally puzzling is the fact that the studios didn’t think Al Pacino was right to play Michael Corleone. Paramount wanted someone different for the part, and pushed for actors like Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, and others to be considered.

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While those actors are all great in their own respects, it’d be hard to imagine the film with anyone other than Al Pacino involved. He blew away expectations with his audition for the role, and mesmerized audiences with his portrayal on the big screen.