The eight-time Oscar nominee (and one-time winner) sat down with Yahoo Movies to share stories from the sets of seven of his classics, including where exactly his Scent of a Woman lieutenant colonel’s penchant for yelling “Hoo-wah!” came from.
The Godfather or The Godfather Part II: Which is the superior entry in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterful mob trilogy? We asked one of the men closest to the Corleone family saga, Al Pacino, if he could make that Sophie’s Choice — and, to our surprise, he chose a favorite. After extolling Part II's portrayal of the Italian-American experience and calling it “more thoughtful,” he made it clear that Part I is his Godfather of choice: “It’s mesmerizing from the moment it starts,” said Pacino, who played Michael Corleone in all three films. Though engaging in a debate over the first two Godfather movies is like arguing which is better, pizza or ice cream.
The past decade has been good to Jessica Chastain. The film which co-stars Al Pacino (who also wrote and directed) is an adaptation of a stage production, for which the star cast the then unknown actress, after a friend of his caught her performance in a low-profile off-Broadway play. “I was actually in Australia and I got a call from my agent saying, ‘We have a call for you to audition for the lead in Salomé opposite Al Pacino.’ I thought, ‘How did this happen?’ because I wasn’t getting great auditions, and they said, ‘He requested you,’” Chastain recalled.
By Ariston Anderson There’s a trend in Venice films this year of aging men, in particular aging actors, dealing with the depression that comes with trying to find one’s relevance in life. Al Pacino in Barry Levinson’s The Humbling and Michael Keaton in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman have similar character arcs as suicidal theater men who can’t seem to find the stage. At a press conference Saturday for The Humbling, Pacino was asked whether he’s ever shared the two characters’ depression shown so clearly in the films.
A new documentary tells the fascinating story of John Wojtowicz, the bank robber who was the basis of Al Pacino's character in 'Dog Day Afternoon'