Pacino is interviewed and talks about his love of theatrical acting, how he started and his motivation.
I’m between the movies and the theater and I don’t consider myself one or the other, I’m an actor. I like movies in some ways the same way that I like the theater.
Pacino wins Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Scent of a Woman (1992). Presented by Jodie Foster at the 65th Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, Pacino:
I want to thank Tom Pollock and Casey Silver at Universal Pictures, and my agent Rick Nicita who urged me to do this part and actually threatened me if I didn’t do it, ’cause I didn’t want to do the part for some reason . . . . Now, recently a young girl came up to me. I was at a function for the South Bronx, which is where I’m from. And she said that I had encouraged her, and that’s not necessarily by my work but just by the fact that we came from the same place. And I just can’t forget that girl, and I can’t forget the kids out there who may be thinking tonight that if he can do it, I can do it. So this is really a proud and hopeful moment for me, because I want to thank the Academy for giving us a gift of encouragement. And this is a gift, a great gift to me. I thank you all, really. Thank you.
Pacino is interviewed by Larry King on Larry King Live. He talks his struggle with alcohol, working with Johnny Depp and Adam Sandler’s humor.
One of the main reasons I did it (the part in Ocean 13) was because I was here in Los Angeles to see my kids.
Pacino is interviewed by Christopher Nolan. They talk about the film Insomnia, the challenge of being on set and rehearsing a scene setup before storyboarding.
I saw Francis sitting there…he was crying, literally sobbing. I went over and I said ‘What’s the matter?’ and he looked at me and said, ‘They won’t give me another setup.’
Coppola and Pacino talk about Coppola’s desire to have Pacino play the role of Michael in the Godfather even when the executives refused. Pacino:
I remember saying (to Coppola) I just don’t respond well to being around where I’m not wanted.
Pacino is interviewed by Larry King on Larry King Live. They talk about his discomfort of being interviewed, why he wears sunglasses and his thoughts on fame.
I’m so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go. I sleep with these.
Pacino is interviewed by Good Morning America. They talk about his favorite role, how he chooses projects and how to stay motivated as an actor.
I like a character who’s driven by something.
De Niro and Pacino are interviewed by Today. They talk about how they both met each other, Obama’s platform and what they deem as the ‘Holy Grail’ of their career. Pacino:
As an actor you are always in search of a role and I think that naturally you think that something is going to come along that’s going to allow you that freedom to go into your own creative imagination.
Pacino is interviewed and talks about his role in Heat and how his break from the mainstream world rejuvenated him.
I got a call from one of the switchboard operators who said to me ‘Mr. Al Capone?’ Sometimes they get it (my name) a little mixed up.
Pacino talks about his growth as an actor, living with Martin Scorsese and how he knew known directors before their fame.
I became sort of well known in New York in the theater. It really was the theater that got Francis Ford Coppola to see me.
Pacino is interviewed and talks about his acting partner, Daniel Day-Lewis, how he motivated Pacino and method acting.
We all have methods. I have a method where I like to read what I’m going to do, I like to absorb, visualize the character in the script and hope it jumps into me somehow.
Pacino is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Dr. Jack Kevorkian on You Don’t Know Jack.
Pacino wins the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a Mini-Series or TV movie for his portrayal of Jack Kevorkian in You Don’t Know Jack (2010). Geoffrey Rush and Tilda Swinton present the award.
Wow. Thank you. Thank you. How wonderful. Thank you for that reception. Fantastic. It is -- thank you -- foreign press for this amazing award. It’s a great honor for me to have played such an extraordinary -- portrayed -- such an extraordinary person as Jack Kevorkian. You know. Just to navigate through his life was so much fun and interesting. Things I found out. And it’s great for actors who portray real characters. It’s a really kind of a special thing for the actor to play a real person. Because That relationship is so interesting and intimate and wonderful.
Pacino is interviewed on the red carpet reunion of Scarface in Los Angeles, California. They talk about his fans and their kids reactions to the film after all these years.
I’m surprised you know you’re picking up your kids from school and they’re saying ‘Hey say hello to my little friend.’
Pacino is interviewed during the premiere of Jack and Jill. They talk about his role as a mentally challenged comedic character and working with Adam Sandler.
When I play in this movie now, I’m just totally crazy in it.
Pacino is interviewed in The Actor’s Studio. He talks about how overwhelmed he was when he won the Oscar and a funny story about a woman he met in the elevator after his win.
It’s like it’s some Olympic medal and everybody knows it, it’s like everybody congratulates you.
Pacino is interviewed and talks about his acting colleague, John Cazale, how he learned the most about acting through Cazale and how he inspired the cast.
He would really get us into a place we’re we were talking about things that were really…there. Things that were in us.
Pacino is interviewed and talks about the Cuban influence on his role in Scarface and how he didn’t want to be authentic.
The Cuban people whom I met in school who gave me some of the insights and mannerisms all of which I tried to put into a capsule and swallow and see what would come out.
Pacino is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Phil Spector on Phil Spector.
Pacino is interviewed by Letterman on The David Letterman Show. They talk about his first film Panic in Needle Park, the most dramatic part of The Godfather and how he almost got fired.
Francis Coppola wanted me for the part but Paramount and all the execs there didn’t want me.
Pacino at The Massey Hall Toronto talking about when he first met Brando.
I was trying to impress him.
At Salome‘s premiere Pacino talks about how his limo broke down and what he has learned about Oscar Wilde’s Power and Passion.
These are all interesting characters. For me as you get a good director, a good writer….for me I really motivated by the writing.
Pacino is interviewed by Jennifer Niejadlik for his film Insomnia. They talk about his decision to go blonde and the longest he’s stayed awake.
His (my character’s) sleep deprived and it serves as a constant reminder that he’s awake when he should be asleep and it plays off in a very suddel way, the whole picture.
Pacino is interviewed by Hollywood Legend. He talks about his childhood connection to the movies, learning to mimic the actors he saw and using auditions to practice his own work.
Once you start getting parts, your learning process is going to be less and less anyway because you’re going be getting roles that you are so called right for.
Pacino is interviewed along with Greta Gerwig. They talk about the dark comedy, The Humbling, how Gerwig got the part quickly, Pacino’s theater influence on his roles for film and working with HBO. Pacino comments:
This woman (Gerwig) is a prodigy. As soon as she came in and read for me, I just turned to the producer and asked him ‘Am I dreaming?’