Al Pacino has revealed his new film Wilde Salome was a labour of love.
The Scarface star told BBC Radio 4 about his new film, which is a documentary exploration of Oscar Wilde's play Salome, spliced with recordings of a performance of the play he starred in back in 2006, the Independent reports
Pacino revealed: "It took me years to find out what the hell I was doing and why."
He added: "The truth of it is that I was bitten by the rub of love when I first saw Salome and I pursued it. I kept tying to get people to feel the same way I did and they just wouldn't. So I thought I'll try it one more time and make a movie of it."
Pacino revealed he enjoyed playing the part of evil emperor Herod.
He said: "I play Herod because crazy emperors work for me. As always, the world is his."
The 71-year-old star of The Godfather also said he does not think of himself as a director, but simply a maker of movies.
Pacino said: "I don't think of myself as a director but I'm making a film. I've found a taste for making movies I can wallow in and figure it out as I go. I've always tried to mix it up a little bit and that's what's kept me going."