- Paramount head, Stanley R. Jaffe, and Chinatown producer Robert Evans did not like director Francis Ford Coppola's decision to cast Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone (Brando's reputation had been tarnished by the massive budget over-run on Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) for which he had been largely blamed). Coppola was nearly fired by Evans for that casting decision but Jaffe finally accepted his decision in a last minute meeting by Coppola
- Paramount's original idea was to make "The Godfather" as a low-budget gangster film set in the present, rather than a period piece set in the 40's and 50's.
- Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Dustin Hoffman were all offered the part of Michael Corleone, but all refused. 'Redford, Robert' and Ryan O'Neal were also considered.
- Robert De Niro read for the parts of both Sonny and Michael Corleone. Coppola decided that he wasn't right for the role of Sonny, and already had Pacino in mind for Michael.
- Martin Sheen auditioned for the role of Michael Corleone.
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