Sunday, June 5, 2011

"The Godfather" might have had a different Hyman Roth. Samuel Fuller auditions with Al Pacino.

A moment of cinema history - legendary film director Sam Fuller auditions for the role of Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II. He reads alongside Al Pacino, as Michael Corleone, and the pair are superb together. The part eventually went to Lee Strasberg (who was nominated for an Oscar for his interpretation), but Fuller’s Roth has more genuine menace, and a surprising warmth, which Strasberg’s depiction lacked. You sense Fuller’s Roth could stab you as much as smile at you, and Pacino’s Corleone seems genuinely awed.

Fuller_Pacino_Screentest from Heiko van der Scherm on Vimeo.


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