Every so often, there comes along an actor so charismatic and so talented that we just know that they’ll leave behind them, a legacy that will live on forever in the world of films and entertainment.
Over the years there have been some truly wonderful and iconic movie stars to grace the silver screen, and whilst we all have our favorites, virtually all of us will agree that Al Pacino will go down as one of the greatest actors to ever live.
Best of all is the fact that he is still going strong, and long may that continue.
That’s why, for today’s article, we’re looking at several Al Pacino quotes for you to enjoy.
Before we get to those, we’ll start things off by looking at who Al Pacino is.
Who is Al Pacino?
Al Pacino is, without a doubt, one of the most talented, and popular actors to ever grace the big screen.
He is an Italian-American actor, director, writer, filmmaker, producer, and entrepreneur who has been in show business for more than half a century.
He has been in some of the most iconic and successful movies ever created.
He is very much a method actor who gained popularity in the 1970s thanks to his portrayal of a heroin addict in the movie ‘The Panic in Needle Park’.
He has won numerous accolades in his career, including two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, and an Academy Award. Some of his most notable movies include Dog Day Afternoon, Heat, Serpico, The Godfather Part 2, and Scarface.
Alfredo James Pacino was born in East Harlem, New York, back on April 25th, 1940.
His parents were Italian American.
When he was younger, Al had aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player.
He dropped out of most of his classes at school, other than English.
He went on to attend the High School of Performing Arts as he found a passion for acting and entertaining.
His mother deemed this a waste of time and after a heated argument, Al left home.
Al was a rebellious child and began smoking, drinking alcohol, and using recreational drugs from a very young age.
He would get into fights and was deemed a troublemaker whilst in school.
He began studying acting and was successful in his audition for the Actor’s Studio where he studied method acting.
Al studied for years, and after performing on stage in the late 60s, he set his sights on the big screen.
He signed with a talent agency and in 1971, he got his break as a heroin addict in the movie The Panic in Needle Park.
He impressed a lot of people, including a certain Francis Ford Coppola, who cast this unknown rookie in his mafia movie The Godfather.
Pacino was cast as Michael Corleone.
He impressed immensely and the Godfather and its sequel are now considered to be iconic and amongst the best movies ever created.
Al would go on to be nominated for 4 Oscars during the 1970s.
He went on to appear in movies such as Heat, Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Carlito’s Way, Scent of a Woman, and many more besides.
Now, in 2019, aged 79, Al is still doing what he loves, which is performing in front of cameras and acting.
Here’s our list of motivational Al Pacino Quotes.
Inspirational Al Pacino Quotes
“Explain to me what Italian-American culture is. We’ve been here for 100 years. Isn’t Italian-American culture American culture? That’s because we’re so diverse, in terms of intermarriage.” – 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’ve never cared for guns. In fact, when I did ‘Scent of a Woman’ I had to learn how to assemble one.” – Al Pacino
“When I was younger, I would go to auditions to have the opportunity to audition, which would mean another chance to get up there and try out my stuff, or try out what I learned and see how it worked with an audience, because where are you gonna get 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
“Shakespeare’s plays are more violent than ‘Scarface.’” – 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
“When my mother got home from work, she would take me to the movies. It was her way of getting out, and she would take me with her. I’d go home and act in all the parts. It had a tremendous influence on my becoming an actor.” – Al Pacino
“I like, for instance, ‘Serpico.’ I ENJOYED PLAYING Serpico because Frank Serpico was there. He existed. He was a real-life person and I could-I could embody him. I could, you know, I could work and get to know him and have him help me with the text, the script and become him. It’s almost like a painter having a model to become.” – Al Pacino
“I do believe, and I will always believe, that Shakespeare on film is really something that should be tried more often because it is an opportunity to take the humanity that Shakespeare writes into characters and express it.” – Al Pacino
“I used to wear disguises, like hats and false beard, just to walk around and avoid attention.” – Al Pacino
“Theater for me at one point was a lifestyle, too.” – Al Pacino
“The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful-my personal life suffers.” – Al Pacino
“The truth is, you know, we need our anodynes. Do you know that word, anodynes? We need that if life some times. A good warm bath can be one for you, or a whatever.” – Al Pacino
“I’m so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go.” – Al Pacino
“I remember acting in a school play about the melting pot when I was very little. There was a great big pot onstage. On the other side of the pot was a little girl who had dark hair, and she and I were representing the Italians. And I thought: Is that what an Italian looked like?” – Al Pacino
“I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx.” – Al Pacino
“Some of the roles that are challenging are more in theater and TV. In movies, there a tendency to cast actors in roles that have been successful for them. It has to pay for itself.” – Al Pacino
“It surprised me, the feeling I got when I won the Oscar for ‘Scent of a Woman. ‘ It was a new feeling. I’d never felt it. I don’t see my Oscar much now. But when I first got it, there was a feeling for weeks afterward that I guess is akin to winning a gold medal in the Olympics.” – 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
“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
“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
“It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart.” – Al Pacino
“There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life.” – 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
“I don’t ever give my opinion. Opinion I have about anything is in my personal life.” – Al Pacino
“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 wan not prepared for fame. It hit me hard, and I did not have the capacity to cope.” – Al Pacino
“Vanity is my favorite sin.” – Al Pacino
“In America, 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
“My grandmother always came to my shows. She was always concerned about the way I dresses-even later on when I was well known and I supported her.” – Al Pacino
“All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. But I don’t think I would be on ‘Dancing with the stars,’ mainly because I would be too shy.” – 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 dad was in the army. World war Il. He got his college education from the army. After World War Il he became an insurance salesman. Really, I Didn’t know my dad very well. He and my mother split up after the war. I was raised by my maternal grandmother and grandfather, and by my mother.” – 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
“Money makes your life easier. If you’re lucky to have it. You’re lucky.” – Al Pacino
“Jamie Foxx does a good rendition of me. It’s a real gift, mimicry of that kind, the tonal thing. It’s sort of like having a talent for playing an instrument.” – 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
“You do get very tired sometimes when you’re sitting around for hours in movies. You get depleted.” – 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 Isaw myself, in comedy.” – Al Pacino
“I’ve never liked the recognition, the questions, the publicity. I have often felt like running away and hiding AL Pacino I’m an actor, not a star. Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart-shaped swimming pools.” – Al Pacino
“I’ve often said there are two kinds of actors. There’s a more gregarious type and the shy type.” – Al Pacino
“I’ve always been in the theater. I’ve always gone to it. That’s been my way to cope. Early on in my career, I remember running- fleeing- to the theater as a way of coping with all the meshugaas that was going on for me.” – 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
“Doing Shakespeare once is not fair to the play. I HAVE BEEN IN Shakespeare plays when it’s not until the last two or three performances when I even understand certain things. In the old days, star actors would travel the world doing the same parts over and over again.” – Al Pacino
“When I was a younger actor, I would try to keep it serious all day. But I have found, later on, that the lighter I am about things when I’m going to do a big scene that’s dramatic and takes a lot out of you, the better off I am when I come to it.” – Al Pacino
“That’s where humor lives for me. In the body. The Steve Martin kind of stuff or Jim Carrey, that’s what I would like to do.” – Al Pacino
May this Al Pacino Quotes inspire you to work hard to attain your dreams. Also, don’t forget to see our Best Success And Failure Quotes.