WASHINGTON: For Diane Keaton, the offer to star in the iconic blockbuster The Godfather was so compelling she couldn’t refuse even though she hadn’t read author Mario Puzo’s book of the same name on which the film is based , before auditioning for her role. in the movie.
The Oscar winner admitted she auditioned for The Godfather without ever reading the book as she reflected on her career during her hand and footprint ceremony Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Keaton, who played Kay Adams-Corleone, wife of Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone in the film, said: “I think the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is that I was chosen to be in The Godfather and I didn’t even read it. I didn’t know anything. I was just going around the auditions. I think it was amazing to me. And then I had to somehow read the book (sic).”
Diane later reprized the role in the film’s 1974 and 1990 sequels. “I was there and he brought me back, then he picked me, then Al Pacino,” she says.
Keaton also praised working opposite Pacino, noting that “the studio didn’t want Al Pacino at all” and only cast him after the pair had a chemistry reading together.
“So he brought in Al Pacino and we did it together and for some reason that helped them cast him. Can you imagine if (they) hadn’t cast him? So a lot of those experiences that you’ve been through and you’re just surprised, like today was a surprise. It’s (a) total and utter surprise to me,” Keaton added.