‘Godfather’ actor Gianni Russo’s memoir spills tea on Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe
“The Godfather” actor Gianni Russo’s recent autobiography, “Hollywood Godfather,” drops several bombshells, including a mob plot to kill JFK, how a 33-year-old Marilyn Monroe took his virginity at 16 and how he threatened Marlon Brando.
Russo, who played Carlo Rizzi in “The Godfather” told Page Six in an interview: “Brando tried to get me fired … [He] comes over to me and says, ‘You’re a big actor in TV?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘You’ve got a big movie coming up?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Well, you’re not on Broadway — I know everyone on Broadway!’ I say, ‘What is this, a quiz show?’ He says to me, ‘Who’d you study with?’ And I’m like, ‘Study what?’ And then he calls Francis [Ford Coppola] over and says, ‘You’ve got to reconsider this.’”
Russo recalled to us, “I say to myself, ‘This son of a bitch is trying to get me fired.’ I put my arm around Brando, got him out of earshot. I said, ‘Let me tell you something. You f–k this up for me, I’m going to suck on your heart [and] you’ll bleed out of here.’ He stepped back and said, ‘That was brilliant. You can do this.’ He thought I was f–king acting. I was serious! I’d kill that mothaf–ker.”
Russo said that Brando even hitched rides to set in his Bentley limo. “I had a Chinese [female] chauffeur,” Russo said. “I didn’t realize his attraction to Chinese women — so every day I picked him up … and he’d do my lines with me.”
He added: “Brando was my only acting teacher. Frank Sinatra was my only singing teacher and Marilyn Monroe made me a man … I was with her up until the last two days of her life … She stayed [in New York] for a year and she’d come out and meet me in disguises. I’d meet her at the Subway bar on Lexington and 59th Street. Nobody knew who she was. And the greatest thing — we’d walk over the Brooklyn Bridge! She used to like to look at Manhattan from the other side.”
Russo hand-delivered us a copy of his book wearing a natty Gucci sweatsuit. He will share more of his “Godfather” tales with Steve Grillo and Jesse Nash on their Battle Chats YouTube channel and Periscope this Sunday.
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