The Godfather movie series is widely considered to be one of the most popular movie series of all time. If you have seen the films over and over, you might consider yourself to be a Godfather expert. However, here are some facts about casting that even the most rabid Godfather fan might find surprising. There was plenty of controversy surrounding the casting of the main roles in The Godfather. Marlon Brando played the role of Vito Corleone, much to the chagrin of Burt Lancaster, http://directtelevisionpackages.com/, who wanted the role but was not considered for it.Additional information can be found at http://www.avclub.com/articles/ed-falco-the-family-corleone,75378/. Orson Welles, Richard Conte, Danny Thomas, Anthony Quinn and several other actors were considered by Paramount before the role was offered to Brando. There was also controversy surrounding the director of the original The Godfather in 1972. The film was a huge career-builder for Francis Ford Coppola, but he was not the first director approached to lead the film. Sergio Leone was originally offered the position of director. He turned it down since he thought it was not interesting enough and glorified the behavior of the Mafia. Leone later regretted this decision, but found fame on his own by directing Once Upon a Time in America.