Al Pacino

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

Al Pacino Pencil Portrait
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Last update: 14/1/16

There was something about Al Pacino’s performance in Serpico that resonated within me; a sense of world weariness yet incorruptible consistency in the face of a failing police system. My father had lent me the book by Peter Maas, newly reissued to tie in with the film of the same name. Directed by Sidney Lumet, a stalwart of such classics as Twelve Angry Men and The Hill,’ and with a leading man already making waves after his appearance in The Godfather,’ the movie couldn’t fail to deliver.

Nominated for a best actor Oscar, one of seven citations to date, Al was on a roll yet the coveted statuette would elude him for another nineteen years.

Interviewed by Paris Match in 2015, the actor would admit to some exasperation with the media’s unceasing interest in his past, and the necessity for him to talk about it – “……I live for the moment. Becoming rich and famous never interested me : I just wanted to act. I come from deep in the Bronx. Fame just landed on me, I wasn’t at all ready. After ‘The Godfather’, I didn’t know who I was anymore; women were sleeping on my doorstep… Lee Strasberg, who was my mentor, said something I have never forgotten: “Darling, you just have to adapt.” Anonymity is a luxury.”

Suitably intrigued by his attitude to an essentially narcissistic profession, the famous French magazine would recall a quotation from one of the film industry’s most widely acknowledged innovators.

Orson Welles said there are three types of people, “men, women, and actors”…

“Being an actor is a vocation. You have to liberate yourself to please others. I act like I paint. Painting is a hobby for me, and when I paint, I try to paint with my subconscious, not with my head; when I am finished, I am completely exhausted. One day, a woman asked me “Isn’t it strange for you to always play the devil?” I answered: “Madam, you should ask God that question, he is the one who lets us play these things!” I am often asked when I am going to stop acting… I can’t imagine life without it.”

Recommended viewing

The Godfather (1972)

Serpico (1973)

The Godfather II (1974)

Dog day Afternoon (1975)

Scarface (1983)

Frankie & Johnny (1991)

Scent of a woman (1992)

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Recommended reading

Al Pacino: The Authorized Biography (Al Pacino with Lawrence Grobel) 2007

For me personally, Pacino’s always been one of those actors I didn’t wish to know that much about, a fear perhaps that somehow any ‘insider information’ about him as a person, might detract from his innate on-screen ability to get under the skin of his many characterisations, in essence – to be intrinsically ‘believable.’

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