Friday, January 15, 2010

Bonus Quote of the Day


"I didn't meet Jack. I hope I will now in the future. Sometimes, for some reason, I don't take access to that, and sometimes I do. And I felt with Jack it would be because I thought the script was so well was complete in its portrait. I mean, it felt as though there was room, and I had so much research. And with the media the way it is, there's so many things you could see and study and to read his books and get close to him in that fashion. Also, Jack was about ten years older then because he had gotten out of prison. We don't do him that age. We're when he's younger. And I wanted to I just felt this instinctively. Now, Barry Levinson met him and got a great deal out of it, and there were times when I wish I would have. But in the end, I felt close to him in another kind of way. There are characters you do it with, and it works, and there's some characters you just you back away from doing. I don't know why. I didn't do for instance, I'll give you examples. With Frank Serpico, I studied and went with Serpico everywhere. I got to know him, to go back into the past. Anyone who saw that movie, it was him that I got to know. With Dog Day Afternoon, I didn't feel like I wanted to know that guy for this role and my interpretation. Now, I may have made a mistake. I don't know. I still to this day think I did. And with this, who knows. I probably did here too. But if you have the opportunity to meet someone as an actor, it's just great fodder for you. It's wonderful source stuff that we die for. And so that I didn't take access to it, you know, is a question, and I don't know why I didn't."

-- Al Pacino, who plays Jack Kevorkian in an upcoming HBO special, when asked during an interview yesterday, "Did you ever meet Jack Kevorkian?"

18 comments:

epnuzguy said...

Ladies and gentleman, Al Pacino...newest graduate of the Sarah Palin School of Media Relations.

Karen said...

What in the hell is "take access" supposed to mean, old man?

B. Pants said...

So...no?

Anonymous said...

What the fuck was THAT about?

Capt Aclow said...

WHAT??! Is this quote here because he rambled so long to give a one-sentence answer, or because you love quotes that don't use paragraphs, or because the picture looks like Robert Downey Jr the first second you look at it, or because you think it's awesome when artists devoted to their craft persevate to the nth degree about their work and about their decisions, or WTF is this doing here?????

Kevin M. Hagerman said...

At least we know he didn't. Warren Beatty would have gone on twice as long, with most of it stammering and silence, and no real answer ever delivered.

Anonymous said...

Pacino's been slumming it now for years. For an actor who has been in so many of my favourite movies -- The Godfather trilogy, Heat, Insomnia, Carlito's Way, Scarface, et al -- he's really been taking some shitty roles as of late.

He's also very clearly a pompous, self-important old fart now.

J. Dack said...

I hope Alby's not become a Scientologist, because that yammering rant reminded me of the Tom Cruise video a little too much.

Eric said...

I just love the "It's wonderful source stuff that we die for," used in the context of whether or not an aging actor met Jack Kevorkian.

Riles said...

Neither Al nor DeNiro should ever be allowed to give interviews. They are both terrible. They should focus their time on either picking quality scripts, or just fucking retire already, so their legacies aren't further tarnished.

Now I'm going to have to watch The Godfather this weekend to wash this quote out of my mind.

Benne said...

I've heard drunken ramblings that made more sense than....whatever Pacino said.

Benne said...

But seriously, I read this quote four times now and I still have no idea what the fuck he's saying.

Jim said...

It's like he really "got to know" Sarah Palin, and then did a bunch of blow, and then started talking.

Alanna said...

[we] Italians are good at the decidedly "un-answer" answer. Reminds me of my great uncle Guido answering my inquiry "Do you have any Splenda?" on Christmas.

peg said...

in this economy you have to do what you have to do

Sheriff Bart said...

May I mommago dogface in the bananapatch?

tsynnott said...

Say what you will about Mr. Pacino - he remains his generation's greatest overactor.

Fifth Generation Leftist said...

It's typical for him. I met the man once in a restaurant with a friend who is a psychotic Pacino fan. This is a woman who can talk till she passes out from not wanting to stop to take a breath. He matched her. His verbal diarrhea is explosive. And he shouts like he now does in every movie. I wonder if maybe he's going a little deaf? The man simply can't bring himself to give a one word answer.