Al Pacino in The Godfather

Al Pacino earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work as Michael Corleone in The Godfather and a Best Actor nomination for the sequel, so it’s laughable to think studio execs initially wanted him removed from the role—yet according to Pacino, that’s exactly what happened.

He felt resistance so acutely, in fact, that he later claimed he would have walked off the set if director Francis Ford Coppola hadn’t been so supportive during those early days on the Godfather shoot.