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Diane Keaton says 'no one' wanted Al Pacino to star in 'The Godfather'

Diane Keaton has revealed that no one wanted Al Pacino in the iconic 1972 film The Godfather.

Pacino, a 76-year-old actress who was later nominated for an Academy Award for his role, was cast as her director's first choice to star as Michael Corleone in the hit gangster film. said it was a long way off.

"Nobody wanted Al Pacino. They didn't want him to play the part and I was already cast," Keaton said. } told Entertainment Tonight.

Keaton, who played schoolteacher Kay Adams-Corleone in the film opposite Pacino, said she was not the actor before, given that the film was based entirely on his Mafia character.

"I was cast before Al Pacino in The Godfather 1! Isn't this weird?" Oscar said the winning actress. " What would 'The Godfather' be without Al Pacino? It's just one of life's strange and unusual things."

Diane Keaton said Pacino was far from casting directors' first choice to star as Michael Corleone.
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Keaton attended Pacino's second audition executive and eventually gave him a job.

``Do you believe it? He had auditioned before and they didn't want him,'' she said. This hit movie trilogy is based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo.

Keaton admitted it was "weird" she was casted before him because the film was based on his character.
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and the novel topped all bestseller lists. Keaton admitted she didn't read it before auditioning for the film.

"The nicest thing someone has done for me is cast in 'The Godfather' and never read it. I didn't even know," Keaton told people.

"I was just auditioning. I think it was amazing to me. And I had to read the book.

Dianne Keaton said she was present during Pacino’s second audition when he got the job.
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I think so, and auditioned for "The Godfather" and " My way of thinking about things, like I never read The Godfather,71 nor cared about The Godfather,72 all I was doing was auditions. Because. I needed to get a job," she explained.

"So I was there, so he came back to me, and then he cast me and then Al Pacino."