Diane Keaton Reveals ‘Nobody’ Wanted to Cast Al Pacino in ‘The Godfather’

No one wanted Al Pacino to play Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather,’ his co-star in the trilogy and real-life ex-girlfriend Diane Keaton recently said.

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No one wanted Al Pacino to be cast as Michael Corleone in The Godfather, his co-star in the trilogy and real-life ex-girlfriend Diane Keaton recently said.

“Nobody wanted Al Pacino. They didn’t want him to play that part, and I had already been cast,” Keaton told Entertainment Weekly. “I had been cast before Al Pacino in Godfather 1! Is this not weird?”

“What would The Godfather have been without Al Pacino?” she added, according to the August 8 interview. “It’s just one of those weird, unusual things in life.”

Nevertheless, Pacino played the central role as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s trilogy.

Not only that, Pacino earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for playing Corleone in the first Godfather film. Additionally, he nabbed an Academy Award nom for best actor for The Godfather Part II.

December 2020 saw the release of a recut version of the last installment in the trilogy. Titled The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, it came out to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original movie.

Meanwhile, Diane Keaton starred as Kay Adams in The Godfather. She and Pacino dated throughout the filming of the trilogy in the ’70s and ’80s.

Diane Keaton And Al Pacino’s Real-Life Romantic Relationship

Keaton issued Pacino with a marriage ultimatum — so the story goes. But the Hollywood playboy had no interest in settling down, leading to a heartbreaking split for the iconic power couple. In 2017, Diane Keaton dished to People about meeting Al Pacino on the set of The Godfather:

“I was mad for him. Charming, hilarious, a nonstop talker. There was an aspect of him that was like a lost orphan, like this kind of crazy idiot savant. And oh, gorgeous!”

Neither of them ever married.

Al Pacino is a lifelong bachelor. But that does not mean he is without children. The Godfather star has three grown kids with two different women. The American method actor Alfredo James Pacino has had a successful Hollywood career spanning more than five decades. He is one of the few performers to have earned the legendary Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award, a Tony Awards, and an Emmy.

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