11/18/2013 04:35 pm ET Updated Nov 19, 2013

Robert De Niro's Failed 'Godfather' Audition Will Be The Best 24 Seconds Of Your Day

Behold: Robert De Niro, not even 30 years old, twirling around as he auditions for the part of Sonny in "The Godfather." He's got the wardrobe down, but -- as various Redditors have noted -- De Niro seems a bit too confident to play the unpolished mobster who James Caan was eventually chosen to portray. Despite the setback, it all worked out: if De Niro had nailed the audition, he would never played young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II," a role that earned De Niro his first Oscar.

Watch below, along with the actual scene from the finished film.