This is the coolest thing on the web today. Sam Fuller reads with Pacino for The Godfather: Part II.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. If you even have a passing interest in the films and filmmaking this is going to be the coolest thing you watch this weekend (which also includes the fantastic X-Men: First Class, so that's saying a lot).
Sam Fuller was an amazing filmmaker. Steel Helmet, Shock Corridor, The Naked Kiss, Verboten, China Gate, Pickup on South Street, The Big Red One... all must sees. He wasn't really an actor, though after this screentest he popped up in a few films and TV shows in front of the camera... I guess Francis Ford Coppola was a big fan and had Fuller audition for the role of Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II, a part that eventually won Lee Strasberg a Supporting Actor nom (which he lost to De Niro for the same movie).
Today you can see that audition. Not only did the screentest happen with Fuller, they also brought in Pacino to read against him.
This is the holy-shit-I-can't-believe-I-just-watched-that of the day for cinephiles. Check it out:
I first saw this via the good folks at Trailers From Hell, so thanks to them for bringing this bit of "what if?" coolness to my world.
Hope you guys dug it. Fuller was actually pretty damn good, right?
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June 3, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST
This is a great find for any cinephile.
June 3, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST
June 3, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST
June 3, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST
Maybe he was a little too vibrant and young (12 years younger than Lee Strasberg) to make that whole old man/dangerous man dichotomy work. It's amazing, though, how much he's toned down as opposed to his regular speaking/exposition/interview voice.
June 3, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST
Cinema Genius. Cinema Fist.
June 3, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
would have made a great Hyman Roth.
June 3, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST
I've been on one of my Fuller watching sprees again, just having rewatched THE CRIMSON KIMONO, THE STEEL HELMET (Vet's Day), BARON OF ARIZONA (Vincent Price's Birthday), and SCANDAL SHEET (based on Fuller's book THE DARK PAGE and directed by equally underrated Phil Karlson).
June 3, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST
June 3, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
June 3, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST
Holy shit, that was really cool.
June 3, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST
...seriously - Fuller was fucking GREAT! I can see why they chose Strasberg, as he looked the part a bit more - but Fuller was outstanding.
June 3, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST
by Mr. Waturi
Fuller is trying way to hard to act like a mobster (or Peter Faulk). Strasberg's performance was great because he was so understated. He seemed like the nice old man down the street whom nobody would ever suspect is a mobster.
June 3, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST
June 3, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST
One of THE Best things posted on this site in a lone time.
June 3, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST
Fuller would have made an excellent Hyman Roth. That is a GREAT little gem.
June 3, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST
This is really amazing, easily one of the top 10 best movies ever madel.
June 3, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST
But I've never heard of Sam Fuller. Not a bad read, though. Ciggie got kinda distracting. "Good health---(cough!)---the most important thing, Michael..." I agree with Mr. Waturi.... Strasberg looked like the kindly old Jewish neighborhood grocer. Sam Fuller looks a little too... slick. I dunno. Still better than I could've done. Thanks for the clip. Now where's Chris Walken's Han Solo audition?
June 3, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST
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June 3, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST
http://hypervocal.com/politics/2011/grand-rapids-mi-shows-newsweek-what-dying-city-looks-like/ Fuck you, Newsweek.
June 4, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST
Frankie Five Angels got shafted. Can you blame him for being a rat? I think not!
June 4, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST
But there can be no doubt that Lee Strasberg was the right choice. Fuller seems a little over-reactive to me... I can see him "acting", which I can't with Strasberg (granted, an unfair comparison, since that's the final film). But still nice to see the process.
June 4, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST
June 4, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST
by Queefer Sutherland
I wanted to see Pacino! Where's fucking Al Pacino in this? Is that the back of his fucking head? Big fucking deal.
The cigarette thing kills his "performance". JESUS, I didn't even make it to the end because of that. Such a shitty vice to compensate for a scene. Fuck this guy: Lee 4EVER.
June 4, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST
Even before De Niro was! Interesting clip, I really love to see screen-tests. Every DVD/Blu release should include any available screen-tests!!
June 4, 2011, 4:55 a.m. CST
by david starling
From pic of the day, to videoclip of the day? Tall order I know, but if they're as good as this one, I say do it!! Still trying to remove my jaw from the floor, and picturing how he'd have been in the finished film.
June 4, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST
In Godard's Pierrot Le Fou, with Jean-Paul Belmondo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPXV_Tm6iIw
June 4, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST
That was nice to see... and makes me want to watch the GODFATHER trilogy again. Yes... I said trilogy. The dojo is one of the few with bad taste enough to really enjoy GODFATHER PART 3! ps. you're right about the cigarette thing... fine for a couple minutes but then becomes distracting!
June 4, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST
just like behind the scenes pics.
June 4, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST
Who wants to play a guy named Hymen? Seriously.
June 4, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST
And get popped near the end of the film too, no less. Badda-bump-bump! Try the veal. And remember to tip your waitresses!
June 4, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST
Yeah, and they had to get past his cousin Vulva to get him. Badum-Psssshhh!
June 4, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST
Movies like The Godfather (I & II) show how the medium of Cinema can achieve true greatness from time to time, when art and entertainment collide into a timeless masterpiece(s). Every now and then, we capture lightning in a bottle, and all of the creative elements rise above the ordinary - story, direction, art design, performance, music,etc. - and when united, create something much more than the sum of their parts. This is why most of us who either love cinema and/or work in its creation rejoice every time we see it emerge, and lament the long stretches in between. But the hope that it's just around the corner lives in us all, and we'll always be the ones to trumpet its triumph when we discover it. This is a glimpse into the making of one such classic moment in Cinema, and it makes me feel like a kid again watching it. Thanks Eric for this - looking forward to the next gem you uncover for us!
June 4, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST
by Coughlins Laws
I loved Godfather 2. It's one of my Top 5 Favorite movies. However, this does not in anyway overwhelm me. It's no different to me than any extra behind the scene shit you see on any making of doc on a DVD. Seeing things like Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly or a screentest of Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones were exciting or at least interesting in that you realize those movies would've been entirely different. Seeing something like this makes me realize how much a great movie could've just as easily sucked if they made the wrong casting decisions. Thanks, though, it's interesting, I guess. I'm not overwhelmed or underwhelmed, just whelmed...
June 4, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST
June 6, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST
by Darth Busey
June 6, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST
I agree it would have been much cooler news if Optimus Prime were screen testing against Pachino in that scene.
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