Since today is Al Pacino’s birthday, it only seems right to share a classic scene from The Godfather.
In the scene below, which is perfectly directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael proves that he truly is a Corleone. Am I the only one who yelled, “Don’t forget to drop the gun!,” the first time that I saw this scene?
Amazingly enough, Coppola had to fight to cast Al Pacino as Michael. The studio wanted him to go with a big star and Pacino had only made two previous films. (Pacino was also felt to be too short and, oddly, too “Italian-looking” to play the role.) The studio wanted Coppola to cast Robert Redford, Ryan O’Neal, Jack Nicholson, James Caan, or maybe even Warren Beatty in the role. Fortunately, both Coppola and Marlon Brando fought for Pacino. As Brando explained it, any son of his was going to be a brooder and that description fit Pacino perfectly.
Happy birthday, Al Pacino! Here’s to many happy returns!