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In the men’s room he heard crew members talking: about the film – “What a piece of junk!
”; and about him – “This guy doesn’t know what he’s doing.” Coppola was constantly undermined.
But all wasn’t plain sailing on Francis Ford Coppola’s film in 1972.
It was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning three, and on its million budget grossed 1million for Paramount within 18 weeks of release.
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Only Coppola saw Al Pacino’s depths; casting director Fred Roos found him “this sort of runty little guy”. Coppola objected to casting his sister, Talia Shire, as Connie Corleone, yelling at their mother that Shire was too pretty.But she stayed in, and it became a family film: he eventually included his parents, and even his three-week-old daughter, Sofia. “My history with The Godfather was very much the history of someone in trouble,” says Coppola.He knew early on “they were not happy with what I had done…”, and expected to be fired at any moment.Indeed, Elia Kazan was lined up as a possible replacement.Coppola “kept dreaming that Kazan would arrive on the set and would say to me, 'Uh, Francis, I’ve been asked to…’”.