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|Birth Place:||East Harlem, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
"I am more alive in the theater than anywhere else, but what I take into the theater I get from the streets."---Al Pacino in The Hollywood Reporter Star Profiles, 1984.
"We used to play on a stoop in front of the local drug store on 173rd Street and Bryant Avenue [in the Bronx]. So nothing much has changed. The thing that struck me when I saw 'Scent of a Woman' was that when [Pacino] was 11 or 12 years old, he would always pretend to be a blind man. He used to walk down 174th Street, pretend he was blind and ask people to help him across the street. So it wasn't a surprise for me to see him get an Academy Award for a role he's been playing all his life."---Kenneth Lipper, neighborhood friend who grew up to be NYC Deputy Mayor under Ed Koch (and also co-screenwriter of "City Hall") quoted in The New York Times, October 7, 1996.
"Movies are wonderful. I love seeing them. But they're not as much fun to do for me. It's a very fragmented existence. You may only shoot a minute a day. There's a lot of waiting. But when you work on the stage, something can happen in your imagination that can affect the way you perform for the rest of your life. If you have a steady diet of that, you miss it.
About returning to film acting in 1989's "Sea of Love" after a four year absence: "There was a division in my life, especially when I was younger, that films were there [he points left] and I was there [he points right]. I needed to understand and appreciate film as a form, not just something that I was in. I had to get more intimate with it, get my hands on it. Making my own picture ("The Local Stigmatic") gave me that tactile sense. And I think that helped me go on"---Pacino quoted in Los Angeles Times, June 29, 1999.
"I knew I would [be an actor] for the rest of my life at age 22, when I was in a Strindberg play called 'The Creditors". It was at the Actor's Gallery in SoHo on West Broadway, and I had found that through this play I was able to express [myself], and it wasn't just performing for me anymore; it became a way of speaking, talking about things. And I thought this will always be a way to express [myself]."---Pacino toDaily News, October 24, 1999.
"... I'd like to be remembered as the only man who lived to be 250 years old! [Laughs.] And as someone who had a chance to do what he always wanted to do. I like to think I'm a guy who wasn't going to make it, and I did. So it's good to buck the odds. If that means anything to anyone, I will be grateful from the beyond."---Pacino on how he wants to be remembered to USA Weekend, January 26, 2003.
"I wasn't going through a particularly good time [during The Godfather]. I was very unhappy. For the first few weeks, they were thinking of firing me. And I couldn't understand why they didn't."---Al Pacino quoted to Premiere, December 2004/January 2005.
"One of the great things about acting is to suddenly be able to tell someone who has a chain saw at your face to shove it up his ass."---Al Pacino quoted to Premiere, December 2004/January 2005.
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