Before we go into the real-life inspiration, let’s refresh our memories about the characters from the films. Al Pacino, Hollywood’s biggest legend got his starring turn in The Godfather playing Michael Corleone.
Originally a quiet student and ex-military man, Michael grows up in the shadow of his mafia family but has no intention of joining the mob—something that his father is more than happy to encourage him in.
Another film icon that provided an extraordinary performance was Marlon Brando. Brando was a well-established star before he was cast, with leads in classic movies such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Last Tango in Paris.
But it was his turn as Vito Corleone, Pacino’s character’s father and the titular “Godfather” of the movie, that gained him a whole new legion of fans and critical acclaim. Fun Fact: To create the accent of Don Corleone, Brando stuffed cotton wool into the sides of his mouth!