In 1972, Marlon Brando took on the role of Don Corleone in a film that would become hailed as one of the greatest of all time and make him and his character an icon. However in the video game adaptation, Brando’s performance is every bit as enticing and yet is unbelievably hidden away in the final game.
Brando was contracted to provide voiceover work for The Godfather video game in 2005. Alongside James Caan and Robert Duvall, he would reprise his role as Corleone to boost the production value on the game and add some of the 70s flavour to the PS2 adaptation. He was, however, in increasingly bad health and while the studio was set to start work later in the year, he decided to record some audio from his deathbed.
Brando recorded a full set of dialogue, however the condition of the audio was poor. With oxygen machines in the background and the rasping mumblings of the dying actor suffering for it, the dialogue was deemed unusable by the studio after his death in July of that year. Not wanting to leave the final lines of the iconic actor on the cutting room floor though, the studio decided to leave a passage of audio in the game in what would become one of the greatest easter eggs of gaming history.
The lines are slurred and muffled, so in case you can’t figure out what Marlon Brando’s final soliloquy is all about, here’s a transcription:
“You know, it’s a lot of foolishness about this Sollozzo business. It’s so unfortunate, it’s really unnecessary. Gave him my ‘no’ with common courtesy. I told him his business would not interfere with mine. And uh, he wouldn’t take it right. I know the Tattaglia family has brought down misfortune on our own heads. Well, that’s life. Everybody’s got their own tale of sorrow.”