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2012-03-13 11:06:43 AM  
Probably all the other Families will line up against us. That's all right. These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know, you gotta stop them at the beginning. Like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, they should never let him get away with that, they was just asking for trouble.
 
2012-03-13 11:29:29 AM  
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2012-03-13 02:29:58 PM  
It's "capo di tutti capi". Plural.
 
2012-03-13 02:46:51 PM  
Rest in peace,Clemenza.
 
2012-03-13 02:54:10 PM  
I really liked his character... although, the best actor in the godfather movies was john cazale. it's a shame he didn't have a longer acting career.
 
2012-03-13 03:20:05 PM  
My favorite Clemenza moment was him busting Michael's chops.

"Hey, Mikey, why don't you tell that nice girl you love her?....I love-a you with all-a my heart! If I don't see you again a-soon, I'm a-gonna die!"
 
2012-03-13 03:33:24 PM  

pute kisses like a man: I really liked his character... although, the best actor in the godfather movies was john cazale. it's a shame he didn't have a longer acting career.


What do you mean? It lasted his whole life.
 
2012-03-13 03:42:42 PM  
I knew this was gonna be about Clemenza from the title. Awesome character. Excellent movie.

The problem is, I don't think Castellano was acting.
 
2012-03-13 04:16:08 PM  
Whenever a famous person dies, I always break the news to a friend of mine with the Clemenza quote. For example: "Ah, Whitney Houston. Won't see her no more."
 
2012-03-13 04:17:50 PM  

buckeyebrain: Whenever a famous person dies, I always break the news to a friend of mine with the Clemenza quote. For example: "Ah, Whitney Houston. Won't see her no more."


Mind if I start doing that too?
 
2012-03-13 05:01:46 PM  

Crewmannumber6: pute kisses like a man: I really liked his character... although, the best actor in the godfather movies was john cazale. it's a shame he didn't have a longer acting career.

What do you mean? It lasted his whole life.


LOL. 1 ticket, please.

Can't believe I only found a few years ago that he died right after shooting the Deer Hunter. I used to wonde "What happened to that guy? He was so good in The Godfather films".
 
2012-03-13 05:07:04 PM  

beta_plus: Can't believe I only found a few years ago that he died right after shooting the Deer Hunter. I used to wonde "What happened to that guy? He was so good in The Godfather films".


Pointless trivia: Cazale acted in only five films, all were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.
 
2012-03-13 05:34:31 PM  

Lou Cypher: My favorite Clemenza moment was him busting Michael's chops.

"Hey, Mikey, why don't you tell that nice girl you love her?....I love-a you with all-a my heart! If I don't see you again a-soon, I'm a-gonna die!"


I swear to Tebow, every time I hear that, I see my grandfather. Same build, same ethnic background (as you might have surmised), same propensity for busting balls.
 
2012-03-13 06:06:00 PM  

Crewmannumber6: buckeyebrain: Whenever a famous person dies, I always break the news to a friend of mine with the Clemenza quote. For example: "Ah, Whitney Houston. Won't see her no more."

Mind if I start doing that too?


I stole it from Bill Simmons (back when he still had his fastball), so go for it.
 
2012-03-13 06:07:10 PM  
I agree with Richard Castellano's take. I can't see Clemenza turning against the family, I think that would have really been a blow to The Godfather II.

I also agree with Mrbogey , I don't think he was acting.
 
2012-03-13 06:17:41 PM  
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2012-03-13 07:57:55 PM  

Lou Cypher: beta_plus: Can't believe I only found a few years ago that he died right after shooting the Deer Hunter. I used to wonde "What happened to that guy? He was so good in The Godfather films".

Pointless trivia: Cazale acted in only five films, all were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.


Yeah, it's arguably the greatest resume in acting history.
 
2012-03-13 08:36:41 PM  

carnifex2005: Lou Cypher: beta_plus: Can't believe I only found a few years ago that he died right after shooting the Deer Hunter. I used to wonde "What happened to that guy? He was so good in The Godfather films".

Pointless trivia: Cazale acted in only five films, all were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.

Yeah, it's arguably the greatest resume in acting history.


He was sick during the filming of "The Deer Hunter." The producers wanted to fire him because of it, but his girlfriend at the time threatened to leave the production as well if they fired him.

That girlfriend was Meryl Streep.
 
2012-03-13 08:55:22 PM  

Cassata26: carnifex2005: Lou Cypher: beta_plus: Can't believe I only found a few years ago that he died right after shooting the Deer Hunter. I used to wonde "What happened to that guy? He was so good in The Godfather films".

Pointless trivia: Cazale acted in only five films, all were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.

Yeah, it's arguably the greatest resume in acting history.

He was sick during the filming of "The Deer Hunter." The producers wanted to fire him because of it, but his girlfriend at the time threatened to leave the production as well if they fired him.

That girlfriend was Meryl Streep.


Actually it was Deniro that went to bat for him. He personally insured the cost it would take to replace him if his part needed to be reshot.

Meryl Streep was relatively unknown at the time.
 
2012-03-13 09:26:10 PM  

beta_plus: Crewmannumber6: pute kisses like a man: I really liked his character... although, the best actor in the godfather movies was john cazale. it's a shame he didn't have a longer acting career.

What do you mean? It lasted his whole life.

LOL. 1 ticket, please.

Can't believe I only found a few years ago that he died right after shooting the Deer Hunter. I used to wonde "What happened to that guy? He was so good in The Godfather films".


I thought the same thing.

I thought for the longest time he played the Inn Keeper in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles", but it's a different guy (obviously). A dead ringer for Cazale though.
 
2012-03-13 10:31:32 PM  
Forget preventing 9/11 or Lennon's murder. If I had a time machine I'd go back to Boston University in the late '50s with a handful of glossies from The Godfather and Meryl Streep. I'd track down John Cazale, show him the pics and BEG him to throw away the goddam cigarettes.

/what only could have been.....
 
2012-03-13 10:45:55 PM  

Miss Stein: Forget preventing 9/11 or Lennon's murder. If I had a time machine I'd go back to Boston University in the late '50s with a handful of glossies from The Godfather and Meryl Streep. I'd track down John Cazale, show him the pics and BEG him to throw away the goddam cigarettes.

/what only could have been.....


He died of bone cancer. Is that caused by smoking?
 
2012-03-13 10:54:08 PM  

Wise_Guy: Miss Stein: Forget preventing 9/11 or Lennon's murder. If I had a time machine I'd go back to Boston University in the late '50s with a handful of glossies from The Godfather and Meryl Streep. I'd track down John Cazale, show him the pics and BEG him to throw away the goddam cigarettes.

/what only could have been.....

He died of bone cancer. Is that caused by smoking?


He had lung cancer that metastasized to his bones.
 
2012-03-13 11:09:21 PM  

Miss Stein: Wise_Guy: Miss Stein: Forget preventing 9/11 or Lennon's murder. If I had a time machine I'd go back to Boston University in the late '50s with a handful of glossies from The Godfather and Meryl Streep. I'd track down John Cazale, show him the pics and BEG him to throw away the goddam cigarettes.

/what only could have been.....

He died of bone cancer. Is that caused by smoking?

He had lung cancer that metastasized to his bones.


Oh I didn't know that.
 
2012-03-13 11:13:39 PM  
FTFA: "remembering the actor who ad-libbed 'Take the cannoli' and rubbed out his role"
 
2012-03-14 08:39:03 AM  
Fun fact about John Cazale: He only appeared in 5 films, and all 5 were nominated for Best Picture.

The Godfather
The Godfather Part 2
The Conversation
Dog Day Afternoon
The Deer Hunter
 
2012-03-14 08:41:31 AM  

Wise_Guy: Miss Stein: Wise_Guy: Miss Stein: Forget preventing 9/11 or Lennon's murder. If I had a time machine I'd go back to Boston University in the late '50s with a handful of glossies from The Godfather and Meryl Streep. I'd track down John Cazale, show him the pics and BEG him to throw away the goddam cigarettes.

/what only could have been.....

He died of bone cancer. Is that caused by smoking?

He had lung cancer that metastasized to his bones.

Oh I didn't know that.


Because its not true, bone cancer as aggressive as his is not metastasized from other cancers, and since samples are rarely taken even in the past 20 years to test for that then its highly unlikely they did tests to prove this happened to him almost 40 years ago.

The reason he died was because he lost the genetic lottery not because of smoking.
 
2012-03-14 07:23:45 PM  

pute kisses like a man: I really liked his character... although, the best actor in the godfather movies was john cazale. it's a shame he didn't have a longer acting career.


i appreciate you giving props to certainly an excellent actor, though its a bit (i think) preposterous to say he's better than say,... you know... MARLON FREAKIN' BRANDO!

I prefer Godfather 1 to Godfather 2, soley because even the excellent Robert DeNiro is not quite as good as Brando.
 
2012-03-15 09:31:00 AM  

T.rex: i appreciate you giving props to certainly an excellent actor, though its a bit (i think) preposterous to say he's better than say,... you know... MARLON FREAKIN' BRANDO!


I'll say Cazale was better than Brando, because he was.
 
2012-03-15 11:07:01 AM  

Crewmannumber6: T.rex: i appreciate you giving props to certainly an excellent actor, though its a bit (i think) preposterous to say he's better than say,... you know... MARLON FREAKIN' BRANDO!

I'll say Cazale was better than Brando, because he was.


I think Cazale was the better actor. Brando may have been more interesting or dramatic, but Cazale created a much more difficult character to portray interestingly. it is not the most complicated to act with a great deal of drama or strength, like Brando... I think actors often think they're given the easy job when there's a set direction for the character.

the most difficult kind of acting is Cazale's. Technically, it is much more demanding, subtle and disciplined. Here's a character that is extremely complicated, and not in altogether sympathetic ways. he brings a depth and interest to a character, which in anyone else's hands would have been completely ignorable.

/ there's a reason why almost every work Cazale has been in has coincided with someone else's oscar. pretty much everyone who has worked with him said he was the best on the set, and he demanded greatness from those around him.
// being the best doesn't necessarily mean getting the most credit.
 
2012-03-15 11:11:04 AM  

T.rex: pute kisses like a man: I really liked his character... although, the best actor in the godfather movies was john cazale. it's a shame he didn't have a longer acting career.

i appreciate you giving props to certainly an excellent actor, though its a bit (i think) preposterous to say he's better than say,... you know... MARLON FREAKIN' BRANDO!

I prefer Godfather 1 to Godfather 2, soley because even the excellent Robert DeNiro is not quite as good as Brando.


I also agree, godfather 1 was the superior movie. although part 2 had a fancier plot, the acting, aesthetics, and cinematography of 1 was more interesting and ambitious.

i prefer watching the change in michael, rather that watch the continued degradation. and it wasn't a big step from brother-in-law to brother.

/ 2 was still great... i almost wish they would have made a third one just for fun, but I could understand that there really wasn't any need to make a trilogy.
 
2012-03-15 07:20:03 PM  
If you've never seen "Lover's and Other Stranger's" do yourself a favor and rent it. Its worth it for Maude and Clemenza alone.
 
2012-03-15 08:51:26 PM  
I don't know guys... its cool having a revolutionary position about something, but Cazale was in 4 great movies, and played the same whiney imp in each one....

I'm not gonna put him above Brando, Duvall, Pacino, DeNiro, and Vigoda, just because he died young.
 
2012-03-15 09:31:50 PM  

T.rex: I don't know guys... its cool having a revolutionary position about something, but Cazale was in 4 great movies, and played the same whiney imp in each one....

I'm not gonna put him above Brando, Duvall, Pacino, DeNiro, and Vigoda, just because he died young.


They came off as the same in each one to you?

His character in Dog Day Afternoon was very different than Fredo. While they weren't "alphas" they were very different in their personality.
 
2012-03-16 10:41:40 AM  

Mrbogey: T.rex: I don't know guys... its cool having a revolutionary position about something, but Cazale was in 4 great movies, and played the same whiney imp in each one....

I'm not gonna put him above Brando, Duvall, Pacino, DeNiro, and Vigoda, just because he died young.

They came off as the same in each one to you?

His character in Dog Day Afternoon was very different than Fredo. While they weren't "alphas" they were very different in their personality.


we are all looking at the skill of acting differently. To put brando and others above Cazale is to say that an actor's quality is based on the result of his character, while to prefer Cazale is to say that an actor's quality is based on the challenge of his craft. Cazale has a much more difficult task with his characters than the other characters. Perhaps Cazale did not have the natural presence of those other characters, but he created a humanity on screen that is extremely rare. being entertaining is great, but being human is more difficult. You know Cazale's character in real life when you see him on screen, you've had a drink with him, he exists. your mind does not suspend belief when you see him. that is the best accomplishment of an actor. the other's have their moments and have reached that sublimity, but Cazale is one of the few who exists entirely on that plane.

plus, he drove the other actors to that plane. read stories from people who have worked with him. in the business, it is not controversial at all to consider Cazale one of the greatest actors. it's actually a pretty mainstream opinion of the people who have worked with him. he's just not as popular because he doesn't play the bombastic roles.
 
2012-03-16 12:57:40 PM  

pute kisses like a man: Mrbogey: T.rex: I don't know guys... its cool having a revolutionary position about something, but Cazale was in 4 great movies, and played the same whiney imp in each one....

I'm not gonna put him above Brando, Duvall, Pacino, DeNiro, and Vigoda, just because he died young.

They came off as the same in each one to you?

His character in Dog Day Afternoon was very different than Fredo. While they weren't "alphas" they were very different in their personality.

we are all looking at the skill of acting differently. To put brando and others above Cazale is to say that an actor's quality is based on the result of his character, while to prefer Cazale is to say that an actor's quality is based on the challenge of his craft. Cazale has a much more difficult task with his characters than the other characters. Perhaps Cazale did not have the natural presence of those other characters, but he created a humanity on screen that is extremely rare. being entertaining is great, but being human is more difficult. You know Cazale's character in real life when you see him on screen, you've had a drink with him, he exists. your mind does not suspend belief when you see him. that is the best accomplishment of an actor. the other's have their moments and have reached that sublimity, but Cazale is one of the few who exists entirely on that plane.

plus, he drove the other actors to that plane. read stories from people who have worked with him. in the business, it is not controversial at all to consider Cazale one of the greatest actors. it's actually a pretty mainstream opinion of the people who have worked with him. he's just not as popular because he doesn't play the bombastic roles.


I totally hear you.... I put Brando as the best there ever was because he WAS that character. He actually denied the whole 'method acting' thing publicly, but when looking at him on screen, i don't see an actor whatsoever but i see the character. He WAS the Godfather... One of my favorite scenes is where Vito and Sonny go meet with the rival gang to discuss potential business... They're in 1950's clothing, and it just seems so authentic because of Vito. He doesnt' say much except to admonish Sonny for speaking out... i dont' know.
 
2012-03-16 02:02:34 PM  

T.rex: pute kisses like a man: Mrbogey: T.rex: I don't know guys... its cool having a revolutionary position about something, but Cazale was in 4 great movies, and played the same whiney imp in each one....

I'm not gonna put him above Brando, Duvall, Pacino, DeNiro, and Vigoda, just because he died young.

They came off as the same in each one to you?

His character in Dog Day Afternoon was very different than Fredo. While they weren't "alphas" they were very different in their personality.

we are all looking at the skill of acting differently. To put brando and others above Cazale is to say that an actor's quality is based on the result of his character, while to prefer Cazale is to say that an actor's quality is based on the challenge of his craft. Cazale has a much more difficult task with his characters than the other characters. Perhaps Cazale did not have the natural presence of those other characters, but he created a humanity on screen that is extremely rare. being entertaining is great, but being human is more difficult. You know Cazale's character in real life when you see him on screen, you've had a drink with him, he exists. your mind does not suspend belief when you see him. that is the best accomplishment of an actor. the other's have their moments and have reached that sublimity, but Cazale is one of the few who exists entirely on that plane.

plus, he drove the other actors to that plane. read stories from people who have worked with him. in the business, it is not controversial at all to consider Cazale one of the greatest actors. it's actually a pretty mainstream opinion of the people who have worked with him. he's just not as popular because he doesn't play the bombastic roles.

I totally hear you.... I put Brando as the best there ever was because he WAS that character. He actually denied the whole 'method acting' thing publicly, but when looking at him on screen, i don't see an actor whatsoever but i see the character. He WAS the God ...


really, Brando is a genius... I'm not trying to take anything away from him. he was that character and is great.

ultimately, and I am definitely to blame, it's a little stupid to compare actors, especially ones so different. they're both great. fun to talk about and fun to argue, but near impossible to create a completely accurate ranking system.
 
2012-03-16 03:29:45 PM  

pute kisses like a man: plus, he drove the other actors to that plane. read stories from people who have worked with him. in the business, it is not controversial at all to consider Cazale one of the greatest actors. it's actually a pretty mainstream opinion of the people who have worked with him. he's just not as popular because he doesn't play the bombastic roles.


Just ask his biggest fan, Meryl Streep
 
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