Borgnine as Clemenza? This Script Reveals Early Casting Ideas for 'The Godfather'

The names of the original casting options for The Godfather are very fun. 

Later this month, the estate of Robert Evans, super producer and "kid who stayed in the picture" will go on sale. Some of the items have arrived online. There's a painting from Impressionist Pierre-August Renoir and an item even more important to our taste... an original script for The Godfather with his casting ideas on it. 

There are the names I can make out...can you help me with the others? 

  • Gene Hackman as Tom Hagen 
  • Charles Bronson as Sonny 
  • Ernest Borgnine as Clemenza 
  • John Saxon as Rocco 
  • Sterling Hayden as McCluskey 

These are fascinating. It represents huge stars like Hackman and Bronson mixed with great character actors. I wish I could read all the ideas on here. I would buy it to examine it more closely, but the script has an estimated selling price of between £2,300-£3,800 or $3000-$5000. 

Still pretty cool! 

Can you make out any other names on the script? Let us know down in the comments.     

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