August 16, 2022

The Godfather simply turned 50 years previous and with it has come an inflow of interviews from the forged and creatives behind the Francis Ford Coppola basic. In a brand new interview with The Gate, star Robert Duvall, who performed Tom Hagen, talked about working with Coppola, the legacy of The Godfather, and the distinction the movie made for his profession.

Hagen was the lawyer for the Corleone household and the adoptive son of Vito and Carmela, Duvall performed him fantastically all through The Godfather and The Godfather: Half II. The film clearly meant lots to him as a result of, within the interview, Duvall opened up about Coppola and a few of the work that he is achieved that he is not precisely pleased with:

“I’m very completely happy,” Duvall mentioned. “And I’ve achieved a variety of issues that weren’t so nice, however I needed to pay the hire. You already know, I needed to pay the hire. So a variety of crap generally, however the reverse of crap was The Godfather. Nice, nice, nice working with Coppola; terrific.”


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The Godfather is extensively believed to be one of many biggest movies ever made. It wasn’t a simple journey both with the studio wanting huge names for the movie however Coppola trusted the youthful, unknown actors like Al Pacino with the character of Michael Corleone, paired with the pushback from the Italian-American group, and it took lots for the movie to get completed. So when requested if Duvall knew how profitable the movie could be, he revealed that he might really feel it a portion of the way in which by way of the film.

“All I do know is a few third of the way in which by way of Godfather, and earlier than I knew it, we had one thing particular. And I solely felt that twice, however very particular and turned out to be true, you recognize? And I gained a variety of respect for Coppola as a result of he needed to work. We thought possibly he was going to be fired as a result of he was working underneath the stress of the studio, who possibly noticed the end result of the movie another way than he did. However he did it the way in which he needed to. And he adhered to these ideas of his, and the movie turned out to be what he needed. He was the boss.”

However working with Coppola wasn’t simply restricted to The Godfather films however quite all through their careers.

“He was nice. We stored the connection considerably for years to come back. In a few movies I directed he helped me with the modifying; he was very open to that and superb. A very good man to work with; needed to see what you’ll do… I name it from ‘ink to behavior.’ He needed to see what you introduced behaviour-wise to the desk.”

And whereas the reward for Coppola is nice, it was additionally attention-grabbing to see how Duvall reacted to co-star Marlon Brando by way of filming and admitted that he used to speak about Brando with fellow actors Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman would point out him and go on to rant about how good Brando is.

“Brando was just like the Godfather to younger actors,” he mentioned. “Yeah. I talked to an English actor who was very, very effectively revered, and when he got here to New York, he watched A Streetcar Named Want on Broadway and he obtained embarrassed as a result of he thought a stagehand had walked onto the stage by mistake. He was so pure, but it surely was Brando.”

Duvall gave his sincere solutions to questions on The Godfather and it was good to learn how a lot he really appreciates being part of Coppola’s masterpiece.


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