Sylvester Stallone was rejected as an extra for ‘The Godfather’

Stallone called Paramount to beg to be an extra during the wedding scene in the legendary 1976 mob epic.

Apparently, Francis Ford Coppola and the cast of “The Godfather” could easily turn down Sylvester Stallone’s offer to star.

The Oscar winner revealed to Empire magazine that he was turned down to be an extra in “The Godfather’s” famous wedding scene, backing up between Marlon Brando, James Caan, Al Pacino and “Rocky’s” future love interest. “by Sylvester, Talia Shire, who is director Coppola’s sister.

“I went to Paramount and said, ‘Can I be an extra in the wedding scene?'” Stallone recalled. “They said, ‘Yeah, we don’t know if you’re the type of person.’ I say, ‘Am I not the guy? To play in the background, hiding behind a fucking wedding cake?’”

Now, during the 50th anniversary of “The Godfather,” Stallone is finally getting his “gangster picture” thanks to another Paramount property, the Paramount+ series “Tulsa King” created by “Yellowstone” showrunner Taylor Sheridan. Stallone plays a mob boss in the series.

“It all comes to those who wait,” Stallone stated, adding that Sheridan had a “gangster headed west” in mind for the show’s concept. “He is very obsessed with westerns, but how does it manifest itself across the country? OK, he takes a gangster and places him next to a cactus, and let the fun begin,” Stallone explained.

And maybe Stallone skipped “The Godfather” for a good reason: Pacino has previously said it took “a lifetime” for him to accept his fame from the trilogy.

“It’s hard to explain in today’s world, to explain who I was at the time and what a lightning bolt I was,” Pacino told The New York Times. “I felt like all of a sudden a veil was lifted and all eyes were on me. Of course, they were in others in the movie. But ‘The Godfather’ gave me a new identity that was difficult for me to cope with. It is a job in which I was lucky to participate. But it has taken me a lifetime to accept it and move on. It’s not like he played Superman.”

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Coppola next stars in the epic “Megalopolis,” starring Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Shia LaBeouf, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Jon Voight and Aubrey Plaza. The official synopsis for “Megalopolis” eerily reads: “The fate of Rome lies in wait for a modern world unable to solve its own social problems in this epic story of political ambition, genius and conflicted love.”

Writer/director Coppola is said to be spending hundreds of millions of dollars to finance the epic futuristic film, which has been more than 20 years in the making. The film will shoot in Georgia beginning in November 2022 and continuing through March 2023.

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