According to a report from The Daily Mail, Marlon Brando, who famously portrayed don Vito Corleone in The Godfather, is perhaps most notorious for his utterance of the line, “make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Reportedly, the Oscar-winning actor ironically refused a role from director Francis Ford Coppola, who hoped the actor would take on the role of Corleone once again but still as a young man.
In a letter written in May 1973, but published today, obtained by The Daily Mail, the director asked Brando to take the role of Corleone again in The Godfather: Part II, insisting the movie wouldn’t be the same without him.
Coppola wrote in the letter that he respected Marlon “enormously,” and if he didn’t want to reprise the role again, he would accept it and never mention it to the actor again. At that time, Brando, who was then 49-years-old, refused the part and it was later offered to Robert De Niro, who was 30-years-old at the time and was slowly taking off as an actor.
Robert De Niro took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the movie that also won Best Picture in 1975. As most know, Marlon Brando is arguably one of the most iconic actors of all time and has since gone down in history as one of the greats.
However, In recent days, the actor has appeared in the media headlines posthumously and perhaps in a more unexpected way. The actor’s sexuality has been brought into question on a number of occasions. Reported by Page Six, Marlon Brando’s long-time girlfriend, Rita Moreno, stated that the Godfather actor had a sexually ambiguous lifestyle.
Closer Weekly reported that Marlon’s first married partner, Anna Kashfi, stated that Marlon was a man of “vast sexual appetites that couldn’t be contained.” However, due to the actor’s sex appeal and purported sexual inclinations, he often left women in heartbreak.
Reportedly, Marlon started cheating on Kashfi a little less than a year after they first got married. Moreover, it was reported that Marlon tried to kill himself due to his behavior, which she documented in her 2013 book.