Nicholson turned down Godfather role

Jack Nicholson turned down the chance to play Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy, he has revealed.

Jack Nicholson turned down the chance to play Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy, he has revealed.

The movie veteran has revealed he was Francis Ford Coppola's first choice for the Corleone role, but he felt he had to turn it down.

The star said: "Back then I believed that Indians should play Indians and Italians should play Italians.

"Mario Puzo had written such a great book that if you go back to it you'll see so much of what was special about the movie.

"There were a lot of actors who could have played Michael, myself included, but Al Pacino was Michael Corleone."

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