The Tribeca Film Festival was in for a treat this weekend. On Saturday night, The cast of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part II,” including Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, Robert De Niro (young Vito), Diane Keaton (Kay), Talia Shire (Connie), James Caan (Sonny), Robert Duvall (Tom) and director Francis Ford Coppola reunited at the festival and discussed their memories on set.
The two films won nine Oscars and compelling story of how an orphan from Sicily emigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th century and formed the Corleone crime family became a notable series that is essential in the film industry.
But the film had a less than auspicious start. Coppola recalled that Hollywood studio Paramount wanted to set the movie in the 1970s and make something “cheap and quick.”
Pacino, 77, mentioned that at first he was afraid of taking on the role of Michael Corleone. He said he would have had a better shot in the role of Sonny and admitted that he and Coppola continued to second-guess the decision throughout production. But little did they know that he would be a major part of a cinema phenomenon.
If you want to see some footage of the reunion, check it out here.