‘Godfather’ actor Gianni Russo recalls his encounters along with Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra & Pablo Escobar #Gianni_RussoMarch 12, 2019
On the set of “The Godfather,” baptism day, (L to R) Gianni Russo, Al Pacino and director Francis Ford Coppola.
“It was very funny because [Brando] said, ‘You have a big movie coming out?’ and I said ‘No,’” Russo recalled to Fox News on how the film’s leading star believed Russo must have been well established in Hollywood to receive such a gig.
Marlon Brando during a scene in “The Godfather.”
“There was a big contest of who could moon the most people at one time.
They’re going to moon people.’ … At my wedding scene, [Brando] says, ‘We’ll wait for Michael,’ and there were 300 extras, all the crew — so it was like 500 people there.
James Caan knocks out Gianni Russo in a scene from the film “The Godfather,” 1972.
In 1988, a member of the Medellin drug cartel was reportedly harassing a female patron at his Las Vegas club and casino, Gianni Russo’s State Street, and Russo tried to intervene when the man attacked him with a broken Cristal bottle, slicing his chin.
However, Russo claimed he had mob boss John Gotti arrange a meeting in Bogota, Colombia with drug lord Pablo Escobar , who was eager to murder his family in retaliation.
Thankfully for Russo, he had an easier time getting singing lessons from Frank Sinatra — even if it meant getting out of his comfort zone.
He says, ‘Well, go in the back of the cabana and get a bathing suit and I’ll meet you at the pool.’ I’m saying to myself, ‘I didn’t come here to swim.’ And so, he comes out and says, ‘Submerge yourself in the pool and stay down for as long as you can.’ And he’s timing me… After a couple of times, he kept timing me and going, ‘Do it again.’ I say, ‘Frank, I don’t understand.
He was 16, Russo said, when he struck up an affair with the actress, then 33. Costello had asked him to keep an eye on her for the mob, which stashed its favorite moll in New York City while settling an issue she had with producer Darryl Zanuck on the West Coast. Monroe and Russo saw one another, on and off, for four years.