Al Pacino 1

Francis Ford Coppola did this early on. You tape a movie, like a radio show, and you have the narrator read all the stage directions. And then you go back like a few days later and then you listen to the movie. And it sort of plays in your mind like a film, like a first rough cut of a movie.
Al Pacino

It’s never really that much fun for me to do movies anyway, because you – you know, you have to get up very early in the morning and you have to go in and you spend a lot of time waiting around.
Al Pacino

When I was a younger actor, I would try to keep it serious all day. But I have found, later on, that the lighter I am about things when I’m going to do a big scene that’s dramatic and takes a lot out of you, the better off I am when I come to it.
Al Pacino

I like, for instance, ‘Serpico.’ I enjoyed playing Serpico because Frank Serpico was there. He existed. He was a real life person and I could – I could embody him. I could, you know, I could work and get to know him and have him help me with the text, the script and become him. It’s almost like a painter having a model to become.
Al Pacino

I’ve never cared for guns. In fact, when I did ‘Scent of a Woman’ I had to learn how to assemble one.
Al Pacino

Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don’t believe me when I tell them. That’s how I saw myself, in comedy.
Al Pacino

That’s where humour lives for me. In the body. The Steve Martin kind of stuff or Jim Carrey, that’s what I like. I’ve always felt that’s what I would like to do.
Al Pacino

I’ve often said there’s two kinds of actors. There’s a more gregarious type and the shy type.
Al Pacino

The truth is, you know, we need our anodynes. You know that word, anodynes? We need that in life some times. A good warm bath can be one for you, or a whatever.
Al Pacino

It would be hard to play a character you don’t like – for me anyway – or can’t find something in them to like.
Al Pacino

I do believe, and I will always believe, that Shakespeare on film is really something that should be tried more often because it is an opportunity to take the humanity that Shakespeare writes into characters and express it.
Al Pacino

There are a lot of roles in Shakespeare, basically. If I feel that the script is a movie, I would be interested in doing any role of Shakespeare’s.
Al Pacino

I’m an actor, not a star. Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart-shaped swimming pools.
Al Pacino

At this point in my career, I don’t have to deal with audition rejections. So I get my rejection from other things. My children can make me feel rejected. They can humble you pretty quick.
Al Pacino

Explain to me what Italian-American culture is. We’ve been here 100 years. Isn’t Italian-American culture American culture? That’s because we’re so diverse, in terms of intermarriage.
Al Pacino

I was not prepared for fame. It hit me hard, and I did not have the capacity to cope.
Al Pacino

There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life.
Al Pacino

I’ve never liked the recognition, the questions, the publicity. I have often felt like running away and hiding.
Al Pacino

Theater for me at one point was a lifestyle, too.
Al Pacino

Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted.
Al Pacino

You do get very tired sometimes, when you’re sitting around for hours in movies. You get depleted.
Al Pacino

Doing Shakespeare once is not fair to the play. I have been in Shakespeare plays when it’s not until the last two or three performances when I even understand certain things. In the old days star actors would travel the world doing the same parts over and over again.
Al Pacino

My grandmother always came to my shows. She was always concerned about the way I dressed – even later on, when I was well known and I supported her.
Al Pacino

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