Wishing to my lovely acting teacher Al Pacino a very happy birthday!
Today, Al Pacino turns 82!
Alfredo James Pacino, popularly known as Al Pacino was born on this day in the year 1940.
The actor was a rising star of New York.
Al Pacino has given audiences legendary roles ranging from Michael Corleone ,Tony Montana to Jimmy Hoffa.
Pacino sought more and wanted viewers to see his versatility in roles.
On his 82nd birthday today, let’s take a look back at her best 6 roles.
« Thé Godfather »
Al Pacino on ‘The Godfather’: ‘It’s Taken Me a Lifetime to Accept It and Move On’!!!
I can’t imagine “The Godfather” without Al Pacino. But there would be no Al Pacino without “The Godfather,” either. “I’m here because I did ‘The Godfather,’” Pacino said!
Michael Corleone His understated performance as Michael Corleone, who became a respectable war hero despite his corrupt family, goes almost unnoticed for the first hour of the film — until at last he asserts himself, gradually taking control of the Corleone criminal operation and the film along with it.
Francis Ford Coppola fought
Pacino in theater played leader role, in the 1971 drug drama «The Panic in Needle Park ». Coppola fought for him, against the Paramount Pictures, to play the ruminative prince of his Mafia epic. After all, two more turns as Michael Corleone in “The Godfather Part II” and “Part III.”
“The Godfather” premiered in New York on March 15, 1972!
“For an actor, that’s like winning the lottery. When it comes right down to it, I had nothing to do with the film but play the part.”
Coppola said “When I actually read the ‘Godfather’ book, I kept imagining him,and I didn’t have a second choice. It was, for me, always Al Pacino. That’s the reason why I was so tenacious about getting him to play Michael. That was my problem.”
50 years later, you can imagine all the reasons Pacino wouldn’t want to talk about it anymore. Maybe he’d be embarrassed or annoyed about how this one performance, from the outset of his movie career, still dominates his career!
Pacino, now 82,is quite philosophical, whimsical, about discussing the film. He remains an ardent admirer of the movie and of the lengths that Coppola and his co-stars went to support him, and he is still awe-struck about how it single-handedly gave him his career.
« It’s hard to explain in today’s world — to explain who I was at that time and the bolt of lightning that it was,” Pacino said in NY times. “I felt like, all of a sudden, some veil was lifted and all eyes were on me. Of course, they were on others in the film. But ‘The Godfather’ gave me a new identity that was hard for me to cope with.”
Tony Montana (Scarface)
Al Pacino altered the Hollywood landscape with only one character. Pacino revolutionized the way the world perceives hip hop culture with Tony Montana. Montana was not a decent person; in fact, he was pure evil. He came into the drug trade with a few corpses under his belt, but there was something about him that drew everyone in.
PACINO for Scarface : “Well, that character, Tony Montana, was written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma, who wanted the heightened reality. Brian wanted to do an opera. All I wanted to do was imitate Paul Muni. [Laughs] But if I put “Dog Day Afternoon” with “Godfather,” or “Serpico”I don’t see a resemblance there. Would you call Michael more introspective? That’s what I would say. And I don’t know of any other introspective characters I played. But if I sit down with you and go to the almanac, we’ll find something.”
His Jimmy Hoffa character is one of history’s most talked-about mobsters was transported to the big screen in a manner that many didn’t anticipate. Al Pacino finally collaborated with famous filmmaker Martin Scorsese and delivered a performance that many had hoped for if these two ever worked together.
Lefty Ruggiero (Donnie Brasco)
Al Pacino was in his bag as Lefty Ruggiero. Pacino adopted a part that was tailor-made for him and added something that underworld films lacked: heart. Lefty paid the ultimate price for his mistakes, yet it was still unjust how things turned out for him.
Vincent Hanna (Heat)
By this point, fans had grown accustomed to seeing Pacino play the bad guy. Maybe not so horrible in terms of loathing for his character, but he’s on the wrong side of the law. Pacino was a master of dialogue in Heat. There was no trace of Carlito or Tony Montana, but rather of Michael Corleone with a badge.
The best time of my life when I was met AL PACINO,and took acting lessons!!!!
He was Huble, sweet, workacholic, passionate, active, genius, charming!!!
On 2014 I had to honor to took acting lessons from this amazing actor!!!It was the best time in my life!!I feel soooo greatful!!!He tought Salome by Oscar Wilde!!!And more specific he tough to us the differenes in drama bewteen stage and cinema camera.A lot of valuable secrets and tips,from the no1 actor!!
He is one of only three or four actors that have been entertaining us all of our lives. their success is the result of struggle, achievement, dedication and talent.
They never tried to find the ‘short cut’
Al, surprisingly, never got married. At 80, he is still a bachelor. Al grew up in a broken home of Sicilian immigrants in a slum in Bronx. Growing up, he had vowed that he will never get married. When asked about the reason for vowing never to get married, Al had quite a rational reasoning. According to a report in Independent, Al had said,
“Why I never proposed in the past? I hate to say this, but marriage is a state of mind, not a contract. When I think about the law and marriage, I ask myself, when did the cops get involved?”
Al had been in several relationships but whenever there was a talk or discussion about marriage or the word husband would come up, the superstar would simply walk away, detaching himsef from the relationship.
Pacino,Coppola and Deniro OSCARS 2022,anniversary 50th years of “Godfather”!!!
13th of his quotes that I love a lot!!
“Either I act or I die.”
“The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful – my personal life suffers.”
“It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart.”
“The camera can film my face but until it captures my soul, you don’t have a movie,”
“Look, but don’t touch. Touch, but don’t taste. Taste, but don’t swallow.”
“On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is – can you win or lose like a man?”
“I don’t regret anything. I feel like I’ve made what I would call mistakes. I picked the wrong movie, or I didn’t pursue a character, but everything you do is part of you and yu get something from it.”
“The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear.”
“The fruit falls off the tree. You don’t shake it off before it’s ready to fall.”
“I am more alive in the theatre than anywhere else, but what I take into the theatre I get from the streets.”
“Everything changes with age. The parts change with age, your feelings about them change, roles that I would’ve wanted to play 10 years ago, I don’t want to play now.”
Wishing to my lovely acting teacher Al Pacino a very happy birthday!