“Well I don’t know what to say about that, I don’t know.” But his moment without an opinion is short-lived.“I look at Scarface and I don’t see that as the metaphor.
I see what Brian De Palma was talking about when we made it.
The Seventies, he says, was a blur: the hit films, the fast life. But I’m all for that, resting on your laurels, taking another profession, but for some reason I want to go back and do this stuff.”He struggled to cope with the fame and adulation that came his way in the Seventies and he hit the bottle.
He says he has never written a biography because he doesn’t remember much of the decade that saw him wow in Scarecrow, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and The Godfather.“You don’t think of those parts as achievements,” he says of those heady days. His alcoholism began affecting his career, and he reached a point where he was out of work more than he was in work.
He makes jumps into the past with the voracity of Doctor Who.The studios didn’t want me, nobody knew me, and I think when a director is interested I have a tendency to lean forward rather than backing off, even if I didn’t know what I would do in this part.”The eponymous character he plays in Manglehorn is a man living in the past, who still writes letters to a woman he loved and lost many years ago. So I repeat the question, omitting the Godfather example, and not mentioning much of the work he has done since the turn of the millennium. I picked the wrong movie, or I didn’t pursue a character, but everything you do is part of you and you get something from it.He is thrown into turmoil by Dawn, a bank cashier who takes an interest in his eccentric ways. I wish I talked to myself about that before.”The danger with interviewing Pacino is that you let him run away with himself. He stopped getting Oscar nominations in 1993 after he won his long overdue gong in 1993 for Scent of a Woman.“I don’t regret anything,” he says with the bravado one would expect from one so brash. Having the idea and excitement of being in these situation and places, they are more than just memories, they inform your life.”He famously turned down the Han Solo role on Star Wars.It’s about a kind of ingenuity, suddenly coming from the bottom and rising, which is why the original was so inspiring for me.There is something else too that seems to trigger off a certain thing, and that is this sense of his ideals as an outsider.”Pacino was born in New York in 1940.Manglehorn was filmed in Austin, the home of the reclusive director Terrence Malick.Pacino and his co-star Hunter would meet up with Malick in their breaks. The greatness of his performances mean that sometimes the roles that he has played have taken on lives of their own.His Italian-American parents divorced when he was two.He started smoking and drinking young and took menial jobs to fund his dream of becoming an actor. He started acting on stage in the late Sixties, and it was playing a heroin addict in The Panic in Needle Park that brought him to the attention of Coppola.He has never been married but has three children, the first with acting coach Jan Tarrant in 1989 and then twins with actress Beverly D’Angelo.He has been attached to a host of his co-stars, including a two-decade long on-off affair with Godfather co-star Diane Keaton.