DescriptionMarlon Brando's Personal "The Godfather" Script - Signed and Annotated. A Holy Grail item for the serious collector if there ever was one. This is Marlon Brando's personal copy of the screenplay for The Godfather, with an red faux leather cover, signed by the actor and with handwritten notations on several pages.
Director Francis Ford Coppola clashed repeatedly with Paramount Studios over casting Brando for the now iconic role of Don Vito Corleone, one of several sticking points that almost got Coppola fired from the production. Paramount wanted Ernest Borgnine, Burt Lancaster, or Italian producer Carlo Ponti for the role, whereas Coppola wanted either Laurence Olivier or Marlon Brando. Olivier was ill at the time, and Brando was considered box office poison after a long string of flops. It's worth noting that Brando wasn't originally interested in the role, repeatedly telling his long-time assistant Alice Marchak that he would not be in a film that glorified the Mafia. He eventually relented and agreed to a screen test. The role revived Brando's career, and he won his second Oscar for his performance as the Don, infamously boycotting the award ceremony and opting to make a politically statement by sending little-known actress Sacheen Littlefeather in his place.
This copy of the third draft of the script, dated March 29, 1971, was issued to Brando by the producers; red-covered editions were issued to the principal actors, blue-covered copies were given to supporting players, and green-covered copies of the final draft were given as gifts to a select few after the movie's release. It was taken to the studio each day by Marchak, who would leave it in his dressing room so that he use it to refresh his memory. Ironically, he would wind up reading most of his lines off cue cards. It is signed by Brando in pencil on the title page, and features a number of handwritten notati Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.ons, also in pencil, many of them consisting of portions of dialogue that have been circled or underlined. One intriguing note can be found on page 24, in dialogue by Corleone the sentence "Learn what he has under his fingernails..." is underlined, with the words "dirt" and "past sins" are pencilled in. The script is in Very Fine to Excellent condition, with a nice clear signature by Brando, and some moderate wear to the cover but virtually no wear or discoloration to the contents. Included is a handwritten letter of authenticity signed by Marchak. A wonderful, one-of-a-kind item. From the collection of Marlon Brando. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.
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