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Robert Duvall: My ‘Godfather’ Character was Inspired by a Real-life Mob Gofer

Marlon Brando and Al Pacino weren’t the only Godfather actors steeped in Lee Strasberg‘s Method.

Robert Duvall—whose latest flick, Get Low, opened Friday to rave reviews—also drew inspiration for his character in the mob trilogy, Tom Hagen, from real life.

Robert:

Robert: Considered Carmine Galante lackey before tackling Corleone consigliere Tom Hagen.

Interviewed on Movie Geeks United!, the Oscar winner reveals that, while prepping for that role, a pal from New York City’s East Harlem told him about someone who worked for infamous Mafia boss Carmine “Cigar” Galante.

“He said there was a guy who was a high-paid gofer that followed [Carmine] around, and lit his cigarette, and pulled his chair out—a position that couldn’t be demeaned by others,” Robert tells hosts Jamey DuVall and Jerry Dennis.

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Francis Ford Coppola: ‘I Never Really Had Friends’ (but Now I’m Comfortable Being Alone)

It seems Michael Corleone’s solitude in The Godfather trilogy was no mere cinematic conceit.

Rather, it was a Freudian reflection of Francis Ford Coppola’s own childhood.

“I don’t mind it. I can occupy myself, entertain myself,” Francis (above) tells us of being alone.

“I don’t mind it. I can entertain myself,” Francis (above) tells us of his solitude.

Interviewed on BTR, the legendary director, who turned 70 in April – and whose new film, Tetro, tells the story of a man searching for his long- missing older brother – discusses how his unstable upbringing has impacted his oeuvre.

When asked if, like Al Pacino‘s character in The Godfather, he still embraces solitude, Francis tells hosts Movie Geeks United hosts Jamey DuVall and Jerry Dennis:

“We’re always prisoners of what our lives were like when we were kids. And for whatever reason, my father [the late Carmine Coppola] tended to sell our homes every six months.

“I think he was speculating in real estate on the side. He was a musician. But we were always moving to another place. I was going to a new school very often in the middle of a term. I went to 24 schools before I ever got to college.

“I went to Hofstra College in Long Island for four years. But before that, I went to six high schools.

CAPTION: Al Pacino as Don Corleone: A stand-in for Francis?

Don Corleone: A stand-in for Francis?

“It’s not totally understand- able why [my father] did that. But he did. So as a result, I never really had friends, because it takes a while to be the new kid at school – especially when your name is Francis.

“Then when I was about nine, I had polio and I was taken out of school for a year and a half. I was paralyzed. So as a child, I learned to be alone a lot and kind of entertain myself with reading.

“I was like a boy scientist, doing experiments and reading about the lives of great scientists; playing with electrical gadgets in the basement.

“I was sad, I was lonely and I wanted to have friends. And then later when I was in a position – by working in theater – to have friends, that was nice.

“But now as an older man, I realize I’m extremely comfortable with being alone.”

CAPTION: Unseen in “Apocalypse” scenes like this: Another fleet of choppers.

Unseen in “Apocalypse” scenes like this: Another fleet of choppers.

Francis also discusses how technology has impacted the film industry since the height of his career in the ‘70s.

When asked, “If today, you were going to make some- thing like Apocalypse Now, would you still shoot on location? Or would you give in more to doing a lot of it on the computer?” the director says:

“A lot of my thinking and my conviction that the cinema was going to be electronic came from sitting in the mud for hours upon hours waiting for the helicopters to arrive, then being frustrated be- cause the pilots of those helicopters were afraid of the explosions that were going on below.

“So they were usually 10 feet higher than they were supposed to be. In any shot of Apocalypse Now where you see a lot of heli- copters, you’ve got to realize that there were another 10 higher than you can see, because they were afraid to come down low.”

Tetro, which Francis wrote, directed and produced, opens June 26.

To hear Francis’ full interview, click here.

It's a New and Improved 'Mix'!

OK, maybe not improved – but we do have an adorable new graphic, which has been popped in below for your ogling pleasure.

The Daily Mix

We also have an ever more fascin- ating array of moments from our unmatched mix of social-radio programming.

Coming to you as always at 9 p.m. ET, this incom- parable show answers such all-important questions as:

—Who Happy Days star Erin Moran would rather “get busy” with – Jenny Piccolo or Leather Tuscadero.

—How The Godfather star Talia Shire felt about getting beaten by her screen hubby – while her brother, Francis Ford Coppola, looked on.

“Is it narcissism?” he asks about his fans’ obsession with the HBO hit.

“Is it narcissism?” Jordan asks about fans’ obsession with his HBO series.

—Which fabulous full-figured lady took top honors on BlogTalkRadio/PLUS Model Magazine’s first annual Top 12 Curvy Entertainers list.

—Does Maryline Blackburn, Miss Alaska 1984 – who beat out Sarah Palin for the crown – think the GOP vice presidential candidate is fit for the second-highest office in the land?

—How Entourage star Jordan Belfi’s real-life agents feel about the hunky actor’s portrayal of their cutthroat profession.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

It’s a New and Improved ‘Mix’!

OK, maybe not improved – but we do have an adorable new graphic, which has been popped in below for your ogling pleasure.

The Daily Mix

We also have an ever more fascin- ating array of moments from our unmatched mix of social-radio programming.

Coming to you as always at 9 p.m. ET, this incom- parable show answers such all-important questions as:

—Who Happy Days star Erin Moran would rather “get busy” with – Jenny Piccolo or Leather Tuscadero.

—How The Godfather star Talia Shire felt about getting beaten by her screen hubby – while her brother, Francis Ford Coppola, looked on.

“Is it narcissism?” he asks about his fans’ obsession with the HBO hit.

“Is it narcissism?” Jordan asks about fans’ obsession with his HBO series.

—Which fabulous full-figured lady took top honors on BlogTalkRadio/PLUS Model Magazine’s first annual Top 12 Curvy Entertainers list.

—Does Maryline Blackburn, Miss Alaska 1984 – who beat out Sarah Palin for the crown – think the GOP vice presidential candidate is fit for the second-highest office in the land?

—How Entourage star Jordan Belfi’s real-life agents feel about the hunky actor’s portrayal of their cutthroat profession.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

Talia Shire (yes, THE Talia Shire) to Dish About Godfather Trilogy!

Having played two of the most memorable movie characters of all time – Connie Corleone in The Godfather trilogy and (Yo) Adrian Pennino in Rocky’s I though V – Talia Shire is extremely high on our list of all-time favorite actors.

So it should come as no surprise that we break into caps mode when telling you that TALIA IS ON BLOGTALKRADIO TONIGHT!

An interview you can't refuse.

Screen legend Talia Shire: An interview you can't refuse

At 9 p.m. EDT, Back By Midnight host Aaron Aradillas talks with Francis Ford Coppola’s sister about the new Godfather box set, as well as other great films in her distinguished career.

But just when we’ve settled back into lower-case mode, we have no choice but to hit the “shift” key because ALSO ON THE SHOW WILL BE GORDON WILLIS!

Gordon, as cinefiles well know, was the cinematographer on The Godfather flicks, as well as on many of Woody Allen’s greatest hits, including Annie Hall, Manhattan, Zelig and Broadway Danny Rose.

So leave the remote, take the cannolis, and log onto this incredible show pronto!