Taschen’s new “The Godfather Family Album” book is out, and the good news is it only costs $700. The 444 page book features hundreds of previously unseen photographs by Steve Schapiro, but the real value comes in commentary from novel and screenplay author Mario Puzo. Hit this Daily Mail link to read stories from Puzo about the time he wrote the book as a cynical exercise in selling out, getting screamed at by Frank Sinatra in a crowded restaurant, and thinking that Pacino was wrong for the part of Michael:
Pacino was too short, too Italian-looking. He was supposed to be the American in the family. He had to look a little classy, a little Ivy League. Coppola kept saying a good actor is a good actor. Pacino tested. He didn’t know his lines. He threw in his own words. He didn’t understand the character at all. He was terrible. Jimmy Caan had done it ten times better.