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Aug 22, 2014 8:22PM
I think people saw an intense persona in Nicholson. The intensity had to build the further Michael Corleone got in the life. I think ethnicity helped, unlike today where guys named Weatherly and Wagner can play characters named DiNozzo.
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Actors Who Turned Down Iconic Roles

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather"

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 crime 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.

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