Francis Ford Coppola, "There should've only been one 'Godfather' Movie"
It is regularly listed as one of the greatest movies ever made and many think it is superior to the original.
But legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has confessed that he regrets making The Godfather Part II, despite the fact its cemented his reputation and scooped him an Oscar for best director.
The revelation is sure to shock fans of the legendary mafia series, which also spawned a second sequel which fared less well critically.
Francis, 72, made the shock admission when he was asked by a TMZ cameraman in Los Angeles if he would consider returning to the hit series.
He said: 'There should have only been one.'
The Godfather, which was filmed in 1972, and its sequel are frequently paired together near the top of greatest movie of all time lists, with Orson Welles' trailblazing Citizen Cane usually just above them.
The first film is usually rated above the sequel, although the latter was more successful at the Oscars, winning six gongs to the first film's three, including the only best director nod he has received during his career.
"TMZ Live" spoke with Frank Sivero -- who played Don Vito's consigliere Genco Abbandando in the flick that's widely regarded as the greatest sequel of all time.
Sivero tells us he regards the ACADEMY AWARD winning movie as a "masterpiece" -- and says he's completely baffled as to why Coppola would ever make such an outrageous claim.