Despite mountains of hype, it turns out the late Marlon Brando may not be making a final performance as Don Vito Corleone after all.
Vidgame publisher Electronic Arts confirmed last week that even though it conducted a voiceover session with the acting great last year, his voice may not make it into the “Godfather” game slated for release early next year.
As it turns out, EA wasn’t able to record much of the needed dialogue in that single session. And many of the lines they did record aren’t usable because of an oxygen tank Brando was breathing through at the time.
Instead, EA is using a sound-alike to record most and possibly all of Don Vito’s lines that make it into the finished game.
Still, the publisher has already received tons of free publicity from a press release in which it technically said that Brando “conducted a voiceover session.” It will also be able to use his likeness in the game and promotional material.
EA will just have to hope that when gamers see and hear the finished product, they won’t be asking what they did to be treated so disrespectfully.