James Caan still wary of toll booths after 'Godfather'
Sunday 19 September 2010
American actor James Caan became sentimental Tuesday over his most famous 1972 "Godfather" toll booth shooting scene, at the world premiere of his new film "Henry's Crime."
Caan earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as Santino "Sonny" Corleone in Mario Puzo's "The Godfather." His character dies after being sprayed with bullets in a brutal mafia killing at a toll plaza.
In director Malcom Venville's "Henry's Crime," which premiered at the Toronto film festival, Caan plays the cellmate of a disgruntled toll booth attendant (Keanu Reeves) who stumbles across an armed robbery and is mistaken by police as one of the robbers.
Caan wisecracked that he refused to be on set at the Buffalo, New York toll booth for the filming of the opening scene with Reeves.
"I refused to go to the toll booth, but in case Malcolm asked me, I had the correct change," he said, referencing the ambush while waiting for change from a toll booth attendant in "The Godfather."
"I just keep thinking if I had the correct change, I would have made a lot more money. I didn't know they were going to make a (Godfather) II, so I would have refused to die" in the first chapter of the trilogy, he said.
He briefly appears in a flashback scene in the sequel.
Asked if he ever gets tired of talking about "The Godfather," Caan replied "No. I thank God for it."
"Unlike actors that hide, or that don't like to give autographs or be recognized... I'm very thankful that people still remember that I'm alive and all that," he went on.
"No. I don't get tired of it. I mean, it was a blessing. God, I'm getting sentimental."
"Henry's Crime" also stars Vera Farmiga, best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in "Up in the Air," as well as "The Vintner's Luck" and "The Departed."
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