With his quiet magnetism and dark good looks, Pacino was an ideal choice to
play Michael Corleone, the youngest son of Mafioso Vito Corleone (masterfully portrayed
by Marlon Brando) whose attempt to live
a life outside of ... morecrime dramatically falls apart. Director Francis Ford Coppola had to fight to
get the then-unknown Pacino cast as the lead over other famous actors, including
this Hollywood playboy who turned down the role because he believed it should be
played by an actor of Italian descent.