What Might Have Been Wednesday: Winona Ryder in The Godfather: Part III
In honor of Winona Ryder‘s birthday, we’re looking at one of the actress’ biggest missed opportunities. Originally, Ryder was supposed to appear in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III which was released in 1990. But Ryder dropped out of the picture at the last-minute citing exhaustion (or something – accounts are vague and sometimes contradictory). The role was eventually played by Coppola’s daughter, Sofia, who proved that as an actress, she makes a great director.
Many claim that Sofia Coppola’s stiff performance in a key role ruined the ending of the beloved trilogy. I don’t know about all that. The third movie in the series had flaws that had nothing to do with Sofia’s performance. But there’s no denying that an actress of Ryder’s calibre would have been an improvement.