Back in 1970s, Al Pacino appeared in the iconic mafia trilogy The Godfather. Today, it’s considered a classic, but apparently, the actor once called it “the worst film ever made.”
Director Francis Ford Coppola reunited with The Godfather during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where they discussed the classic movie.
At some point during the panel discussion, Pacino admitted he was under a lot of pressure in playing the character Michael Corleone, because producer Robert Evans thought he was too short for the role. Obviously, he got the role and after shooting the opening wedding sequence with Michael Keaton, he threw back some drinks… and his real feelings came out.
“We got so loaded after that wedding sequence. We were theater actors, and we were not used to film,” Pacino explained. “The whole thing had sort of a surreal feel to it. So we got back and started drinking: ‘Where do we go from here? We’re done, it’s over! This is the worst film ever made!'”
Despite Pacino’s comments at the time, The Godfather garnered both commercial and critical success. It also earned 11 Oscar nominations, with wins in Best Actor (Marlon Brando, who refused the award), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture.
Thank God Pacino didn’t walk away, because woah!! What a performance!! Still a classic!!