His reason for denying the part for Fontane crosses enough lines into macabre humor:
Woltz: You don't understand. Johnny Fontane never gets that movie. That part is perfect for him. It'll make him a big star. I'm gonna run him out of the movies. And let me tell you why! Johnny Fontane ruined one of Woltz International's most valuable proteges. For three years we had her under contract, singing lessons, dancing lessons, acting lessons. I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. I was gonna make her a big star! And let me be even more frank, just to show you that I'm not a hard-hearted man, that it's not all dollars and cents. She was beautiful, she was innocent, she was the greatest piece of ass I've ever had, and I've had it all over the world! And then Johnny Fontane comes along with his olive oil voice and guinea charm... and she runs off. She threw it all away just to make me look ridiculous! And a man in my position can't afford to be made to look ridiculous!
- And then we receive Mood Whiplash once we learn just exactly what is done to his prize horse Khartoum afterwards.
- In the novel, Vito's reaction to Woltz's grudge against Johnny was essentially "What an Idiot!" To let base desires interfere with running your business seemed ludicrous to him.