Al Pacino quotes

 

Born
April 25, 1940, New York City, New York, U.S.

Occupation
Actor.

Al Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. Pacino has had a career spanning over five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors both competitive and honorary.

The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear.
– Al Pacino
I’ve often said there’s two kinds of actors. There’s a more gregarious type and the shy type.
– Al Pacino
Francis Ford Coppola did this early on. You tape a movie, like a radio show, and you have the narrator read all the stage directions. And then you go back like a few days later and then you listen to the movie. And it sort of plays in your mind like a film, like a first rough cut of a movie.
– Al Pacino
At this point in my career, I don’t have to deal with audition rejections. So I get my rejection from other things. My children can make me feel rejected. They can humble you pretty quick.
– Al Pacino
I used to wear disguises, like hats and false beards, just to walk around and avoid attention.
– Al Pacino
My grandmother always came to my shows. She was always concerned about the way I dressed – even later on, when I was well known and I supported her.
– Al Pacino
It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart.
– Al Pacino
I don’t ever give my opinion. Opinions I have about anything are in my personal life.
– Al Pacino
I was not prepared for fame. It hit me hard, and I did not have the capacity to cope.
– Al Pacino
Some of the roles that are challenging are more in theater and TV. In movies, there’s a tendency to cast actors in roles that have been successful for them. It has to pay for itself.
– Al Pacino
I’ve never liked the recognition, the questions, the publicity. I have often felt like running away and hiding.
– Al Pacino
Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted.
– Al Pacino
The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful – my personal life suffers.
– Al Pacino
The problem with me is, I guess, the way I express myself, you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I’m talking about.
– Al Pacino
There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life.
– Al Pacino
Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don’t believe me when I tell them. That’s how I saw myself, in comedy.
– Al Pacino
That’s where humour lives for me. In the body. The Steve Martin kind of stuff or Jim Carrey, that’s what I like. I’ve always felt that’s what I would like to do.
– Al Pacino
The truth is, you know, we need our anodynes. You know that word, anodynes? We need that in life some times. A good warm bath can be one for you, or a whatever.
– Al Pacino
I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx.
– Al Pacino
I don’t think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You’ve got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition’s an opportunity to have an audience.
– Al Pacino
There are a lot of roles in Shakespeare, basically. If I feel that the script is a movie, I would be interested in doing any role of Shakespeare’s.
– Al Pacino
You do get very tired sometimes, when you’re sitting around for hours in movies. You get depleted.
– Al Pacino
I’m so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go.
– Al Pacino
Vanity is my favourite sin.
– Al Pacino
I’ve never cared for guns. In fact, when I did ‘Scent of a Woman’ I had to learn how to assemble one.
– Al Pacino
It’s never really that much fun for me to do movies anyway, because you – you know, you have to get up very early in the morning and you have to go in and you spend a lot of time waiting around.
– Al Pacino
Shakespeare’s plays are more violent than ‘Scarface.’
– Al Pacino
Most everybody who’s Italian is half Italian. Except me. I’m all Italian. I’m mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.
– Al Pacino
You need some insecurity if you’re an actor. It keeps the pot boiling. I haven’t yet started to think about retiring. I was shocked when I heard about Paul Newman retiring at age 82. Most actors just fade away like old soldiers.
– Al Pacino
It would be hard to play a character you don’t like – for me anyway – or can’t find something in them to like.
– Al Pacino
My weaknesses… I wish I could come up with something. I’d probably have the same pause if you asked me what my strengths are. Maybe they’re the same thing.
– Al Pacino
My first language was shy. It’s only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.
– Al Pacino
Theater for me at one point was a lifestyle, too.
– Al Pacino