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 Who was considered for The Godfather: Part II?

James Cagney
Francis Ford Coppola's original choice to play ganster Hyman Roth was James Cagney. He begged Cagney to take the role even visiting him at his home, but Cagney turned him down.
Actor who got the part: Lee Strasberg

Richard S. Castellano
Castellano wanted too much money and creative control to reprise his role. His role was rewritten as a character named Frankie Pentangeli played by Michael V. Gazzo.
Actor who got the part: Michael V. Gazzo

Elia Kazan
Some say that Elia Kazan was Francis Ford Coppola's first choice for the role of Hyman Roth. Other reports say that Paramount was considering Kazan to replace Copolla as director.
Actor who got the part: Lee Strasberg

Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci was reportedly considered for the role of Clemenza.
Actor who got the part: Bruno Kirby

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