The Story Behind Marlon Brando’s Godfather Makeup

TVOvermind | 5/13/2018 | Tom
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If you get right down to it the makeup for the Don Vito Corleone wasn’t really what amazed during the role. His heavy jowls, the way he spoke, and the manner in which he kept himself was mostly a product of Marlon Brando to be honest. His audition wasn’t much to think about since he used some shoe polish to turn his hair black and stuffed his cheeks with tissue in order to get the heavy jowl look and the gravelly voice that the Don was known for. But obviously once he was cast for the movie he had to have more professional services to make him look the part. So of course he had his hair cut, slicked back, and colored, and he had to speak with the same voice that won him the audition. He even had to have his mannerisms down, though to be honest the scene with the cat in his office was largely improvised and wasn’t in the script to start with.

Brando and the rest of the cast were prepped for just about anything when it came right down to it and the process they went through with makeup wasn’t much more than many movies you see now, less even if you want the truth. The real preparation came in the form of getting along with each other each day and trying to quell the anxiety that came from realizing that the movie could flop at any time. Francis Ford Coppola wasn’t the first choice of directors and many of the actors, including Brando,...
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