It is one of nature’s dirty tricks that the one man who could embody Capone without even a dab of makeup is only a little more than half the size of Al Capone and now over thirty years older than Capone was when he died. I am speaking, of course, of the great Danny DeVito, whom I’ve been casting as Capone ever since I first encountered him on Taxi. If I, Capone is released as an audio book, DeVito would be one of my top choices to perform the reading.
Speaking of lost opportunities, Marlon Brando’s Don Corleone in The Godfather is perhaps the greatest portrayal of a mob boss in all of cinema. But I would have dearly loved to see him take a swing at portraying Al Capone.