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Al Pacino: I didn't strive to succeed

Published 19/05/2015

Al Pacino didn't know how to cope with acting success when he first hit the big time.

The New York-born actor has played some of cinema's most iconic characters, including Michael Corleone on The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface.

However when he first got into the acting game, he didn't care about making it.

"I wasn't about success, I have to be straightforward, I wasn't about success," Al told HeyUGuys. "I was about the joy of doing this kind of thing we do which is acting in plays, so I started in the theatre and I enjoyed that and I thought at a very young age I saw the direction of my life was to do this.

"I didn't think about success until I got it, and then I thought 'Oy Vey! What is this? How do I cope?'"

Success sat naturally with the 75-year-old though, and he's bagged an Oscar, five Golden Globes and a BAFTA over his career.

His latest movie sees him playing ageing rock star Danny Collins, who decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.

Al praises writer and director Dan Fogelman for infusing the script with comedy and says the role was a dream come true.

"Who doesn't want to do it? You tell me. Throughout the world there are people at home being rock stars in their bedrooms. And I just thought I've always wanted to play a painter, now I'm playing a rock star, just handed to me. I said I just got to do it," Al smiled.

"I did [base the character on other singers]. Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart, if they had a love child it would have been Danny Collins."

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