The Godfather celebrates its 50th anniversary later on this yr, but some followers are continue to exploring fascinating specifics about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s crime drama.

Primarily based on Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel of the similar title, The Godfather was launched in the summer months of 1972 and went on to enjoy important and business good results.

Winner of the Ideal Photo Oscar at the Academy Awards that 12 months, the film is notable for star turns from the likes of James Caan, Al Pacino and, most notably, Marlon Brando, who gained the Very best Actor Oscar for his performance as the titular Don but went on to decline the award.

Quoted and spoofed numerous occasions in the many years given that, The Godfather is whole of legendary scenes, such as one particular primarily ugly established-piece that was afterwards lampooned in The Simpsons.

In a scene that serves as a warning of the type of power Don Corleone (Brando) wields, a movie producer by the name of Jack Woltz (John Marley) wakes one particular morning to obtain the bloodied severed head of his prize thoroughbred in his mattress.

Earlier in the film, Woltz experienced manufactured the unwise conclusion to refuse Don Corleone’s request that he forged Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) in his most up-to-date movie.

A person of the most shocking scenes in a motion picture littered with times of bloody violence, it would appear some movie admirers are only now finding just how ugly it truly was.

In a submit shared to Reddit, one user exposed the grim actuality of the scene, producing: “the horse head found out in the mattress of a ruthless movie producer was not a prop: it was a authentic horse’s head from a pet dog meals plant in New Jersey.”

This disturbing little bit of guiding-the-scenes trivia is verified as legitimate by Nate Rawlings at Time magazine who wrote that Paramount Studios “encouraged” Coppola “to use a bogus horse head, but he didn’t like the mock-up.”

In accordance to Rawlings, Coppola’s scouts found a horse which was all set for slaughter at “a doggy-meals plant in New Jersey.” The art director was brought in to decide a horse that seemed like the a person that options in the movie and reportedly instructed the puppy food maker: “When that a person is slaughtered, send out us the head.”

Coppola, himself, is on the file as recalling that “One day, a crate with dry ice came with this horse’s head in it.”

The Reddit put up revisiting this distinct bit of trivia received a lot of traction on social media, earning 16,800 upvotes and a selection of shocked, surprised and disgusted responses.

Akblonde907 commented: “I always assumed it seemed way as well actual” while Fictionalracingdrivr was impressed at the hard work set into it, producing: “Gotta give them props for their determination.”

Mackeralscalemask was far more involved with what it have to have been like on set. “I ponder what it smelled like?” they said. “He [Marley] may perhaps have got a waft of anything unpleasant at the time he lifted up the blanket.” The magnacart13 agreed: “Consider how lousy it smelled soon after sitting down below studio lights all working day.”

Billbill5 was crucial of the tactic, composing: “Empathy for animals weren’t manufactured until eventually 1973.” Im_truly_bored_rn strongly disagreed with that argument though, replying: “the horse was already lifeless. It is not like the filmmakers killed it, it was killed for food items and the filmmakers just obtained the head.”

Samwise777 believed this was irrelevant though, commenting: “I have empathy for all dead factors” but GreyGooseSlutCaboose fired back indicating they were being staying “unneccesarily” delicate ahead of incorporating: “Empathy for the dead is as significant as tunes for the deaf.”

Some ended up still left wishing they hadn’t uncovered the truth of the matter. 314159265358979326 wrote: “I have got to say, of all the spoilers I have at any time read, the 1 that led to the most disappointment was recognizing the nature of this scene.” Lemontest concurred: “I would like to unlearn this simple fact.”

Although the horse’s head scene proved an integral part of the film, quite a few scenes did conclusion up on the slicing room floor, together with these 5.

You can find out extra about how Brando and Coppola merged to make an all-time traditional here.

James Caan and Marlon Brando in Godfather.
From still left to appropriate, Salvatore Corsitto as Bonasera, James Caan as Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone and Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.” A gruesome detail from the generating of Francis Ford Coppola’s movie has appear to mild.
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