Godfather Actor Gianni Russo Tells Steve Adubato How the Movie Modified American Tradition


NEW JERSEY — Godfather actor Gianni Russo was not too long ago a visitor on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, the place he mentioned his new guide, Hollywood Godfather: My Life within the Films & The Mob, and shared behind-the-scenes particulars in regards to the well-known movie. 

Within the first Godfather film, Russo performed Carlo Rizzi, abusive husband to Corleone sister Connie, in addition to a household traitor, complicit within the demise of Sonny Corleone. It was Russo’s first movie function, and he was lucky sufficient to have been coached on set by none apart from Marlon Brando. 

“I used to be by no means in entrance of a digicam, didn’t know protocol on the set,” Russo defined. “Brando turned my pal, he mentored me by way of all these scenes, taught me all these nice nuances.” Russo went on to behave in additional than 40 different function movies. 

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Russo grew up in Manhattan’s Little Italy within the 1940s and had an early familiarity with real-life mob figures, a lot of whom disapproved once they heard of the making of a Godfather movie. Russo turned an middleman between mob figures of the time and the movie’s producers and in the end helped the film get made. 

The legacy of The Godfather for Russo was how nicely it portrayed the mob in American tradition. “It outlined the mob in a great way, virtually too good,” he stated. “There’s so many wanna-bes due to that film.”

And as for the way the movie modified him? Russo defined, “It’s my complete life.”