Happy 78th birthday to the greatest actor of our time: Al Pacino.
While others have made careers out of basically playing the same one-dimensional character *cough Robert DeNiro* Pacino has built a career around re-inventing himself for each role.
While he’s certainly known for his screen rants and powerful characters, Pacino has shown time and time again he can basically play any character. Johnny anyone? How about Ivan Travalian? Sonny Wortzik? If you take a survey of his characters you see acting range that cannot be taken for granted.
Other then potentially Scarface *cough garabage cough* I don’t think you can point to a poor Pacino performance.
Even the universally panned Bobby Deerfield features a stellar performance. The only shortcoming may be Pacino is a little too good at portraying an character who is difficult to like? But even then if you give the film a chance you grow to see the nuances and grow to love the characters.
In short, we are all very lucky to have had Al Pacino dedicate most of his 78 years to delivering stellar performances. We’ve laughed with him, we’ve cried with him, we’ve forgiven him for killing his brother. Really, he’s a swell guy, and he probably should have five or six Oscars at this point.
My one plea to you is, if you really are a fan of this masterful actor, do not limit yourself to a time period. Young Al, middle aged Al, super-old Al all have a great deal to offer a fan of great movies. Some of his more recent work, such as the Humbling, is vastly under-appreciated…so to butcher a John Lennon line “All we are saaaaayinnnnggg is give all Als a chance.”
This has sort of been a public service message (can I write this off on my taxes?).
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