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Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone: 7 Quotes About Iconic Role

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Marlon Brando was the first actor to bring a sense of reality to violence and anger on the big screen. At the same time, paradoxically, he publicly rejected the industry that made him famous. Brando is an iconic actor who started his career during Hollywood’s Golden Age and whom other actors are often measured against.

One of Brando’s most memorable film roles was in the 1972 smash hit, "The Godfather." Brando’s Vito Corleone role from "The Godfather" is still talked about today. When the film was released, it won rave reviews, as did Brando’s acting performance in the role of Vito Corleone.

Here are seven quotes that give some insight on Marlon Brando's performance of his most iconic role Vito Corleone:

1. "I wrote a book called "The Godfather," which has had some success, and I think you're the only actor who can play the part Godfather with that quiet force and irony ... the part requires."
Mario Puzo, in a letter to Marlon Brando

2. “Marlon Brando has finally connected with a character and a film that need not embarrass America's most complex, most idiosyncratic film actor."
Vincent Canby, The New York Times

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3. “Marlon Brando delivers one of filmdom's most memorable performances as Don Vito Corleone, aka the Godfather, who heads one of New York's leading crime families, offering favors to those who ask with respect in return for a favor somewhere down the road. Brando plays Don Vito, not as the country's most dangerous criminal, but as a caring family man who does what he does in protection and not out of avarice. The scariest realization comes when we realize we actually have come to care for this man who has murdered and bribed his way to power, and the conflictions within us only serve to bolster what a well-developed and brilliantly portrayed character he is.”
Vince Leo, Qwipster Movie Reviews

4. “Marlon Brando’s old flame that has glowed for years, and flickered along a trail bumpy with mediocre pictures, shines higher and brighter than ever. The old irresistible magic is revived in Paramount’s ‘The Godfather’ in his intuitive grasp of Mario Puzo’s Don Corleone, a living symbol of the poetic translation of his name, the lionhearted.”
Wanda Hale, The New York Daily News, in 1972 review of "The Godfather"

5. “In my video you see him roll up his hair in a bun and blacken it with shoe polish, talking all the time about what he’s doing. You see him rolling up Kleenex and stuffing it into his mouth. He’d decided that the Godfather had been shot in the throat at one time, so he starts to speak funny. Then he takes a jacket and rolls back the collar the way these Mafia guys do.”
Francis Ford Coppola, director of "The Godfather," on some test footage he shot of Brando for the role

6. “It’s the face of a bulldog: mean-looking but warm underneath.”
Marlon Brando, on how he manipulated his appearance for the role of Vito Corleone

7. “The Brando performance is justly famous and often imitated. We know all about his puffy cheeks, and his use of props like the kitten in the opening scene. Those are actor’s devices. Brando uses them but does not depend on them: He embodies the character so convincingly that at the end, when he warns his son two or three times that 'the man who comes to you to set up a meeting — that’s the traitor,' we are not thinking of acting at all. We are thinking that the Don is growing old and repeating himself, but we are also thinking that he is probably absolutely right.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, in 1972 review of "The Godfather"

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