News + Notes

GODFATHER FIGURES

Caan, Duvall, and Brando reunite in EA game -- ''The Godfather: The Game'' recreates the classic film with some new original dialogue

Marlon Brando may be gone, but he left behind an unexpected gift: a return to his signature role as Don Vito Corleone. The Godfather: The Game, published by Electronic Arts and due this fall, is a videogame that re-creates the classic film and features new dialogue from James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Brando, who recorded his performance shortly before his July death. We couldn't resist Caan and Duvall's offer to discuss the game — or at least try to discuss it.

ON HEARING THAT THE VIDEOGAME INDUSTRY MADE NEARLY $10 BILLION LAST YEAR:

CAAN And what did [EA] give us? Like $12,000! So I found that out and now I say to myself, ''Damn, I signed the contract — you schmuck!''

DUVALL Brando must have really been strapped at the end [to do this game].

CAAN If they have a Godfather II [videogame], then I'll be able to buy myself a house.

ON THE GAME ITSELF:

CAAN I was really impressed with what I saw . . . Of course, I don't like all this digital stuff happening in the movies — pretty soon they'll make a picture with John Wayne and Marlon Brando. I won't have a job.

ON BRANDO:

CAAN He had this one thing where he actually wondered if he could string electric eels together around his pool to power his house.

DUVALL ''I wonder if you could tell me the joke Jimmy Caan told me 25 years ago?'' [Brando] always asked me that because he forgot the joke.

CAAN It was the simplest joke. We all went to lunch one day and we'd say something like ''What's on the other end of the Coke bottles in Poland?'' And the answer was ''Open other end.'' So everybody laughed [except Brando]. Then an hour and a half later in the middle of a scene he'd start laughing.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2005 Published in issue #808 Feb 25, 2005 Order article reprints