Francis Ford Coppola’s Handwritten Casting Notes for The Godfather

This is the hand written list of possible casting choices for Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece The Godfather.

Godfather Casting Notes

Laurence Olivier as Vito Corleone? Dustin Hoffman as Michael? Those are two of the intriguing options director Francis Ford Coppola was apparently mulling over when he jotted down these notes while preparing to make his classic 1972 film The Godfather.

The casting of The Godfather was a notoriously contentious affair. Executives at Paramount Pictures thought Marlon Brando — Coppola’s first choice to play Mafia “Godfather” Vito — was too difficult to work with. They thought Al Pacino was too short to play his son Michael.

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