Life-Saving Roles That Kept Actors’ Careers Alive

Marlon Brando Was Untouchable Until The Godfather Came Along

Before being cast in the iconic role of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather, iconic actor Marlon Brando starred in a string of box office bombs that nearly ended his career. He was so disrespected by Hollywood at the time that when director Francis Ford Coppola pushed for his casting, Paramount Pictures pushed back.

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Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

The studio told Coppola, “Marlon Brando will never appear in this motion picture.” Coppola refused to give up, though, and eventually got his way. Brando won the Academy Award for Best Actor and his career was saved.