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Al Pacino: I live in the present

Al Pacino has revealed living in the present has helped him survive life in the spotlight.

The 74-year-old actor - who made his movie debut in 1969 - was at the Venice Film Festival to promote new films Manglehorn and The Humbling.

Asked to recall the best career advice he'd ever got, Pacino revealed was from his mentor, actor-director Lee Strasberg.

When The Godfather made Pacino a star in the early 1970s, Strasberg told him: "Darling, you simply have to adjust."

Pacino said that's what he did, living in the present and resisting the urge to reflect on past glories and failures.

"That might be a blessing for me," he said. "I thank God for it, that I don't look back."

The actor and director also revealed Strasberg had another great tip for him.

"He said, 'Darling, the best thing I can tell you is you must learn the lines,' Pacino said. "That's the best thing for acting - learn your lines basically so you can forget them. They become a part of you."

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