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Thursday, October 23, 2003

 

About this Robert Evans cartoon (revised)...

It's hilarious that "Kid Notorious" is taking so much credit for his involvement in The Godfather. The debut episode of Comedy Central's new series centers around the producer's alleged masterminding of the classic film.

Take a look at the trivia section of IMDB or listen to Coppola's audio commentary for the DVD and you'll discover a different side to the story. Check out these factoids:

- Evans hated the director's decision to cast Marlon Brando. He tried to fire Coppola but was eventually talked out of it by the head of Paramount, Stanley Jaffe. Brando later received (and rejected) an Oscar for the part.

- To reduce the budget, he tried to convince Coppola to change the film's setting to the '70s instead of the '40s.

- Evans also tried to slice at least an hour out of the final print, convinced that a longer running time would reduce daily showings in theaters and therefore reduce its profits. Test audiences loved Coppola's longer cut and hated Evan's. The longer cut won out and the movie went on to earn $135 million at the box office.

If anything, Evans involvement almost turned The Godfather into a debacle. He failed on that movie but succeeded when he would later produce Coppola's version of The Cotton Club. Tension between the two became so high during the production that Coppola eventually banned Evans from the set.

Also consider this: The Cotton Club was originally pitched as a "musical Godfather." Kid Notorious' first episode centers around a musical production of the Godfather. On the show, the idea results in a hit Broadway Show. In real life, it mutated into a box office bomb and subsequent murder trail.
What are the intentions of Evans and the writers? Is this a stab at the past? A snotty suggestion that Evans could have made The Cotton Club work w/o Coppola? Is Blog reading too much into all of this? Probably.

To call the cartoon strange and misguided would be an understatement. Despite all this, Blog will continue to watch Kid Notorious but not because of Evans but rather his sidekick Puss Puss, a malt liquor chugging kitten.

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