These are personal quotes by Al Pacino. For his quotes from movies, go here.
Off-Off-Broadway is absolutely necessary. It doesn’t have to be sanctioned by the state, subsidized or anything. The plank and the passion is what it’s about.
You need friends, especially in the theater, you need friends. You need people to interchange with, interface with, connect with. Together you’re going to make it, you’re going to do it together, you’re going to put it on, whatever it is.
The greatest theater that I experienced in my life was The Living Theater and they were Off-Off-Broadway. And that was in the fifties.
Vanity is my favorite sin.
My first language was shy. It’s only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.
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.
People always said that time, the ’70s, was about pretty boys, and then I came along!
The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful — my personal life suffers.
Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don’t believe me when I tell them.
But I was just lucky. People like [Francis Ford Coppola] were making films, and I got opportunities.
There are times when I have a temperament. Yes, my temperament is there … but I hope I’m gentle. Yes, I think I am.
I guess you find yourself repeating certain motifs. But at the heart of it all, I’m an actor, always looking for a role. And then you try to make things fresh.
[On whether acting and his roles reflected who he is] In the end you’re just playing a role.
I’m constantly striving to break through to something new. You try to maintain a neutral approach to your work, and not be too hard on yourself.
I can’t say I’ve been sober though. I don’t like that word. What does it mean? ‘Sober! He’s very sober’.
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.
I hope the perception is that I’m an actor, I never intended to be a movie star.