Mob­ster who’s just a stand up guy when off-screen

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you don’t want to re­peat your­self,” he says. “But I felt this was a lit­tle off beat. It was a lit­tle bit about friend­ship and had a cer­tain hu­mour to it. And it’s a char­ac­ter that I don’t think I’ve played,” he says of Val, a man re­leased from prison af­ter serv­ing 28 years for re­fus­ing to give up one of his crim­i­nal as­so­ciates.

“I like the idea of some­one be­ing away for that long. Imag­ine be­ing out of touch for all that time,” says the ac­tor.

Dressed head-to-toe in black and with a myr­iad of rings and chains, Pa­cino might look tough but he proves easy com­pany and there’s an un­ex­pected soft­ness about him. Not least when he’s talk­ing about his 12-year-old twins An­ton and Olivia from his re­la­tion­ship with ac­tress Bev­erly D’An­gelo (he also has a 23-year-old daugh­ter, Julie, from his re­la­tion­ship with the act­ing coach Jan Tar­rant), who he cred­its with keep­ing him young. You won­der what they must think of their dad’s sta­tus as one of the great­est ac­tors of all time. Pa­cino cer­tainly hasn’t got his head round the ac­co­lade.

“But I’m al­ways flat­tered and happy that peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate what I do and show it like they do. It’s great, it’s re­ally grat­i­fy­ing but do I my­self be­lieve it? I don’t know, to me it’s al­most ab­stract,” he smiles.

Born Al­fredo James Pa­cino in New York’s the Bronx, Pa­cino stud­ied with Lee Stras­burg at the Ac­tor’s Stu­dio be­fore mak­ing his pro­fes­sional act­ing de­but in off-Broad­way pro­duc­tions.

“Theatre is where I started and what I en­joy go­ing back to,” says Pa­cino, who talks wist­fully of once spend­ing seven months on a pro­duc­tion of Oedi­pus, not to per­form it for an au­di­ence but purely for the en­joy­ment of pre­par­ing it.


MADE MEN: Al Pa­cino and Christopher Walken in the new movie StandUpGuys, out to­day.

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