On Saturday night, cast and crew from "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" got together for a screening for the two films and a panel for the closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival — a festival that was started by "Godfather: Part II" star Robert De Niro.
De Niro, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, and director Francis Ford Coppola were all on the panel honoring the 45th anniversary of "The Godfather" this year. Director Taylor Hackford led the conversation.
Here's what you didn't know about the "Godfather" movies, from the panel at the Tribeca Film Festival:
Francis Ford Coppola didn’t like the book when he first read it.
“I was disappointed in the book when I first read it because it’s very long," the director said.
Al Pacino recalled that the studio didn’t even want him to play Michael Corleone — they wanted Robert Redford.
“The studio didn’t want me after they hired me,” Pacino said. “I was living on 90th and Broadway at the time. I walked to the Village and back. I did it every day, thinking about this role. Just thinking where I could go with it. I came, and started filming it. I was dizzy. I was new to film. We were theater actors.”
Diane Keaton felt out of place among the rest of the cast members.
“I always felt like I was the most outsider, weird person,” she said. “Like, why was I cast again? But then I had a couple good scenes with Al.”
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