“A Legend”- Arnold Schwarzenegger Pays Tribute to Famous Godfather Actor, James Caan, After His Untimely Passing

Published 07/08/2022, 9:00 AM EDT

The world woke up to the passing of Godfather’s ‘Sonny’ fame James Caan today. The star was 82 years old. He ruled Hollywood in the 70s and did a wide variety of roles. Nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy, and four Golden Globes, Caan acted in some of the best movies in the world. Tributes poured in today for the legend, and Arnold Schwarzenegger mentioned him on his social media account. 

 

He co-starred with Caan in the 1996 action film ‘Eraser’ which became a commercial success at the box office. Cann got his big break in 1965 when he starred in Red Line 7000 and El Dorado. However, his role as Sonny in the Godfather elevated him to greater heights. 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger gives heartfelt tribute

Arnold loved his experience with the actor and also revealed how he was a great training partner in the gym. “James Caan was an icon – a legend. He inspired everyone who has ever been in front of a camera. I was lucky to work with him and see his talent and his fantastic sense of humor firsthand. He was a great training partner in the gym and a true friend, and I’ll miss him,” mentioned Arnold in a tweet. 

Various celebrities took to Twitter to give tributes to the legend. He initially auditioned for Michael Corleone’s role in The Godfather. However, he resisted the temptation and expressed Al Pacino was the perfect man to play the character. He instead took the role of ‘Sonny Corleone’ in the film. The Academy nominated Caan for the best supporting actor for that role in the movie. 

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In addition, he loved karate and trained in the sport for a long time. For Arnold, it was a pleasure to act with him in the movie Eraser. The movie Eraser earned millions at the box office after being released in 1996. 

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An unexpected loss

The movie had an estimated budget of $100,000,000 and grossed $242,295,562 worldwide. Although critics gave it mixed reviews, it received striking reviews for visual effects and action sequences. In fact, it received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Sound Effects Editing in 1997. To sum up, it is a tremendous loss for the film fraternity. 

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Caan was one of the best actors of his generation. From one action hero to another, both Arnold and Caan are legends of their game. 

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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