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It’s tempting to call him “the inimitable Al Pacino,” although he is the most imitated actor in the world. There are, after all, two categories of imitation: impersonation (“Say hello to my le’el friend!” “Hoo-ah!”) and emulation. Emulating Pacino would mean not just bounding into a field of psychological land mines but identifying each one and purposely jumping on top of it.
Francis Ford Coppola's THE GODFATHER first premiered on this day in 1972 in New York City. Here are some behind the scenes photos of Coppola, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, John Cazale, and Diane Keaton at work on the set of this monumental masterpiece. pic.twitter.com/KcNyIyTa25
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Some, including Johnny Depp, of all people, think he’s mad. Most see the larger wisdom in his design for living and working — and also think he’s mad. The exception is Pacino, who struggles not to think of himself at all so as to concentrate on the next task, the next land mine. For him, there is no other way. If further validation were needed, he could point to a 31-film retrospective in the place he came of age. It’s called “Pacino’s Way.” Continue reading on Vulture.com.