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Friday, 13 April, 2001, 08:37 GMT 09:37 UK
Marlon Brando 'in hospital'
Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather
Brando played Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather
Actor Marlon Brando has been admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia, according to reports.

Michael Fleming, columnist for the trade newspaper Daily Variety, said the 77-year-old actor developed the illness just before he was due to start filming a cameo appearance in Scary Movie 2.

Marlon Brando, who is 77
Brando will also star with De Niro and Norton
But the hospitalisation was not confirmed by his agents.

It comes just days after he was said to have signed a $2m (1.4m) deal to play a priest in the film.

Ted Casablanca, columnist for the entertainment website E! Online, reported that "concerned" sources on the film's set said the American screen legend was due to start filming but instead went into hospital in the Los Angeles area.

They said telephone calls to Brando's agents, movie distributor Dimension Films and Scary Movie 2 producers Brillstein-Grey Entertainment were not returned.

Hit roles

Brando is due to play a priest performing an exorcism in the opening scene of the follow-up to last summer's hit spoof horror film, Scary Movie.

Brando is famed for his roles in such films as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and The Godfather.

E! Online reports that Scary Movie 2 filmmakers still want him to shoot the scene when he recovers.

His next project will be starring alongside Robert De Niro and Edward Norton in crime drama The Score.

See also:

11 Apr 01 | Film
Brando 'takes Scary role'
01 Feb 00 | Entertainment
Brando ponders De Niro film
10 Jul 00 | Entertainment
Scary Movie's rude success
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