Rod Steiger campaigned for the role of Michael Corleone, even though he was too old for the part.
Said he turned down the role in the award-winning movie version. The producers said they didn't want him because he had already done the role on TV and were worried no one would pay to see him.
He refused the title role because he believed that it glorified war.
Actor who got the part: George C. Scott
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