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Hollywood Godfather

The over the top memoir of a real life mobster turned actor who helped make The Godfather a reality and his story of life on the edge between danger and glamourGianni Russo was a handsome 25 year old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history He played Carlo Rizzi the husband of Connie Corleone who set her brother Sonny played by James Caan up for a hit Russo didn't have to act he knew. Fans of The Godfather and Casino will enjoy this book JFK assassination buffs will want to read this book Fans of old Hollywood and old Las Vegas will want to read this book A lot of celebrities make an appearance in this book including Presidents and Popes Can a movie be far behind

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After trying to get Francis Ford Coppola to fire him from The Godfather Russo had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe Liza Minelli and scores of other celebrities He went on to star in The Godfather Parts I and II Seabiscuit Any Given Sunday and Rush Hour 2 among many other films and also acted as producer on several Hollywood Godfather is his no holds barred account of a life lived on the edge It is a story filled with violence glamour sex and f. HOLLYWOOD GODFATHER MY LIFE IN THE MOVIES AND THE MOB by Gianni Russo gets a 5 star rating from me primarily because it s a compelling story How could it not be Russo not only played the part of Carlo Rizzi husband of Connie Corleone in the first Godfather film the one with Marlon Brando he was also a real Mafia mobster and a friend of Frank Sinatra So gee what attracted me to this memoir in the first place Well Godfather was probably the first movie that my husband and I ever viewed together back when it was originally released yes I am that old I d already read the book well before anyone knew it was going to be a movie but my husband didn t read it until long after he saw the movie and probably after viewing all or at least most of the seuels He makes a habit of watching one or of those films at least so often I love them too And the fact that the author of this book was a real mob member was unknown to me until I discovered this memoirAnd what a memoir I found it difficult to put it down From his childhood during which he met his first mobster in NYC s Little Italy and where he lived in not s0 happy circumstances to his late teens when he had a short term relationship with Marilyn Monroe to his getting deeper into mob activities yet maintaining some of his own freedom because he chose not to become a made member into his desire to get a role in The Godfather movie when he heard about casting being set up including his friendship with Marlon Brando Then there was his tense encounter with a major drug king who was angry because he d killed one of his dealers in self defense There s so much to his story as written and I don t doubt that he s probably held some stuff back Does he have his regrets you betcha he does particularly about relationships that went sour But it s also clear via this memoir about what drove him into such a life and why he always felt he had to make money achieve act in films become a producer own an exuisite restaurant in Vegas etc The book is well written helped along with that part by Patrick Picciarelli as noted on the paperback s front cover I finished reading it within a couple days all 280 pages If you loved The Godfather movies andor the book you should enjoy HOLLYWOOD GODFATHER by Giani Russo just a much as I did And now that I ve reviewed the book on Goodreads my husband and our son are next in line to read my copy of it

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The mob inside and out from his childhood in Little Italy where Mafia legend Frank Costello took him under his wing to acting as a messenger for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello during the Kennedy assassination to having to go on the lam after shooting and killing a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas clubAlong the way Russo befriended Frank Sinatra who became his son's godfather and Marlon Brando who mentored his career as an actor. Russo is like the Forest Gump of the Mafia he pops up everywhere He sleeps with Marilyn Monroe helps pass information for the mob assassination crashes Nancy Sinatra s party in a helicopter launders money for the Pope gets tortured by Pablo Escobar and was in The Godfather The last one I believe


10 thoughts on “Hollywood Godfather

  1. says:

    This book seems to me an ego driven project It’s hard to believe this is not a fiction story The author has mentioned in interviews

  2. says:

    Fans of The Godfather and Casino will enjoy this book JFK assassination buffs will want to read this book Fans of old Hollywood and old Las Vegas will want to read this book A lot of celebrities make an appearance in this book including Presidents and Popes Can a movie be far behind?

  3. says:

    What can I saydon't fuhgeddaboudit not reading it Gianni Russo drops a lot of names and yes he admits it He dishes the dirt on the Mafia Politicians Celebrities and A great book for conspiracy theorists Either way Gianni Russo's life and times are a very interesting read

  4. says:

    I don't know what to think or say about this book Either he is the most connected man in the entire world or a total fantasist Some of his stories were so unbelievable that I kept thinking they had to be entirely made up

  5. says:

    Wow Your first thought will be that he has made the whole thing up He didn't He may have embellished a bit here and there b

  6. says:

    Russo is like the Forest Gump of the Mafia he pops up everywhere He sleeps with Marilyn Monroe helps pass information for the mob assassination

  7. says:

    Gianni Russo is the Forrest Gump of the mafia He surprisingly shows up in many historical events What an incredible life

  8. says:

    HOLLYWOOD GODFATHER MY LIFE IN THE MOVIES AND THE MOB by Gianni Russo gets a 5 star rating from me primarily because it's a compelling story How could it not be Russo not only played the part of Carlo Rizzi husband of Connie Corleone in the first Godfather film the one with Marlon Brando he was also a real Mafia mobster an

  9. says:

    35 starsI chose this at random off the library shelf as the story sounded interesting From gangster to actor Not your usual career pathI was surprised by how well written the book was I enjoyed it Very visual descriptions similar to watching

  10. says:

    As a true fan of Mario Puzo The Godfather and the like this was a entertaining read Crafting a tale that seems nothing than what happens to somebody in the movies the writing sucks you in and rarely lets up Gianni's recollections of his past are fresh and exciting With these types of books I usually come away skeptical as to what was written but this was an amazing read JFK theorists will receive another dimension to

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