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People would look after you when I was a kid . . . There were good people in the business. When I came to L.A., Rob Reiner said: 'Come stay at my house.' He taught me. I worked with (Al) Pacino [in 1996 crime drama "City Hall"]. Pacino would talk to you and mentor you. Now it's different. The culture just eats young actors up and spits them out.
My competition is not with Bollywood actors. I compete with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. I always check what they are doing. . .
I've never been passionate about acting, and I find more and more that I work to live the life I want to live. An actor like Al Pacino lives to act. I'm not sure though, there's something about the detachment I have, the feeling of the lack of importance about what I do, that is healthy.
When I did 'Angels in America,' and I had Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, Mary-Louise Parker and Al Pacino, it was like being in heaven a little early.
at Circle in the Square . . . And we saw Al Pacino that night, and we'd been up so early. About halfway through the show, Deb fell asleep. Literally, as I would say, Al Pacino was almost as close as you to me looking straight at my wife, and I'm elbowing her. But anyway, we went backstage, I got a poster just like that, and Al signed it. And to this day, I always sign everybody's posters or programs, whatever they want signed when they come back.
Observant fans sometimes point out that a character named Michael Corleone appears in all three movies and that he's played by Al Pacino each time, and I can assure you that's no coincidence . . . all the puzzle pieces are there.
Francis Ford Coppola
A lot of the heroes that I had growing up in film and in theater, I've had a chance to work with . . . I got a chance to work with Paul Newman. How many people can say that? Or Al Pacino twice. Or Dustin Hoffman. Or Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, some of these people I revered growing up.
That's why year in and year out, the guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins Best Actress . . . Cate gave a terrific performance in Blue Jasmine but nothing close to the degree of difficulty for any of the five Best Actor nominees. Daniel Day-Lewis had to give the performance he gave in Lincoln to win--Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook, in which she did what a professional actress is supposed to be able to do. Colin Firth/Natalie Portman. Phil Hoffman had to transform himself into Truman Capote while Julia Roberts won for being brassy in Erin Brockovich. Sandra Bullock won for 'The Blind Side' and Al Pacino lost for both Godfather movies. Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys but there just aren't that many tour-de-force roles out there for women.
Here's my pitch . . . You remember Natalie Portman in it? She's Pacino's adopted daughter, so she comes home and says, 'Daddy, daddy, I want you to meet my fiancé.' And it's me. He's retired and I come to Chicago where he's retired back to and I'm going to torture him, and then I'm going to kill him.
My sister and I would get up onstage after everybody had left and act out what our parents had done . . . I never really necessarily wanted to be a comic. I loved comedies, but I didn't think I wanted to be in them. (From age 9), I wanted to be a movie director. I watched Scorsese movies and Coppola movies and all of those great '70s movies - actors like Al Pacino, these were people I idolized. And then as I got older, I started to be more aware of comedy, people like Bill Murray and Steve Martin, and that appealed to me as a teenager.
I envy Pacino, De Niro and those guys who bring such an intensity to a part. To me, it was something that was really gritty.
The NAACP came to the set and [asked Denzel], 'What are you doing?,' . . . And, you know, I never had a political organization talk to me about what roles I pick. And Denzel, I remember him saying, 'What, Al Pacino can play a bad guy? Gene Hackman can play a bad guy? I can't play a bad guy? I'm an artist. That's how I lead, not by being some dubious role model, by only playing squeaky-clean people. I'll be a role model by being great at my job.'
Every actor wants to work with Al Pacino . . . And I've now been lucky enough to work with him twice--on stage and in film. And there's just nothing like it. He's the greatest. In my opinion, he's the greatest actor alive.
Al Pacino called me and said, 'I'd love for you to play my son,' . . . It's the thing you dream about. I still freak out when he sends me a text.
All of the sudden I'm in a movie with Walken and Pacino . . . My bucket list as an actor is complete. I got killed by 'Scarface.'
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