It has been 45 years since The Godfather was released and the movie is still considered one of the best in cinema. The movie tells the story of a family being pulled apart through organized crime. It launched many people’s careers and won Best Picture, Best Lead Actor for Marlon Brando, and Best Writing at the Academy Awards.
Francis Ford Coppola, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro reunited all these years later at the Tribeca Film Festival. There, they watched the first two movies and then talked about it with an audience. Here are 12 shocking behind-the-scenes secrets from their reunion.
1. Francis Ford Coppola didn’t think Talia Shire was the right person to play Connie
The Coppola family is pretty powerful in the entertainment business today, but it wasn’t always liked that. “I asked for an audition,” said Talia Shire. The actress was actually pretty inexperienced at the time and didn’t know what a mark was, so she would knock over cameras while filming. But that wasn’t the reason her brother, Francis Ford Coppola, didn’t think she was right for the part.
“I didn’t see Talia as Connie because I felt from my interpretation that Connie was kind of homely Italian daughter that only got to marry a good-looking guy like the husband she did because she was a wealthy and powerful girl,” explained the director. “To me, I thought Talia was so beautiful that anyone would want to marry her.” It was actually the producer, Robert Evans who championed her.