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He was the foremost example of the "method" acting style, and became notorious for his "mumbling" diction, but his mercurial performances were highly regarded and he is now considered one of the greatest American film actors of the twentieth century. However, in the mid s, he appeared in a series of flops that made him unhirable, until Francis Ford Coppola fought to have him play Don Vito Corleone in The Godfathera role that would earn Brando a second Academy Award.

Director Francis Ford Coppola convinced Brando to submit to a "make-up" test, in which Brando did his own make-up he used cotton balls to simulate the puffed-cheek look.

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However, rewrites were made to the script when Brando refused to show up to the studio on the single day of shooting due to disputes with the studio. Dick Smith applying Brando's make-up for the Vito Corleone character.

The actor followed with one of his greatest performances in Bernardo Bertolucci's film, Last Tango in Paris, but the performance was overshadowed by an uproar over the erotic nature of the film.

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Brando had a significant impact on film acting. Who is this old guinea?

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He also appeared in a later Coppola film Apocalypse Now, which won acclaim, but on set experiences made him almost uncastable again. Brando boycotted the award ceremony, sending instead American Indian Rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather, who appeared in full Apache dress, to state Brando's reasons, which were based on his objection to the depiction of American Indians by Hollywood and television.

His performance as Vito Corleone in 's The Godfather was a mid-career turning point. Brando having make up done.

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Thomas declined the role and actually urged the studio to cast Brando at the behest of Coppola and others who had witnessed the screen test. Coppola was electrified by Brando's characterization as the head of a crime family, but had to fight the studio in order to cast the temperamental Brando.

However, he provided the voice of Don Corleone for The Godfather: Inhe died of respiratory failure and his role was filled by voice actor Doug Abrahams.

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The Gamebut most of the work was considered unfit to use. However, Paramount studio heads wanted to give the role to Danny Thomas in the hope that Thomas would have his own production company throw in its lot with Paramount.

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Despite the controversy which attended both the film and the man, the Academy once again nominated Brando for the Best Actor. Characters voiced by Marlon Brando.

He was only 47 when cast as Vito. Mario Puzo always imagined Brando as Corleone.

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