On Sunday, G Man and I did something super super uber exciting. We went to London and spent a wonderful couple of hours with the legend Al Pacino.
A notouriously private man, he had agreed to do ‘An Evening With’ at the London Palladium. He had previosuly done this in the US and I guess he didn’t find it too bad, and we were so lucky to get tickets for this one night only event.
The seats we got were up high but the view was still great.
It was an hour of Emma Freud interviewing him, after a great montage of some of his roles in film, and about 45 mins of Q&A from the audience. I have to say I was a little bit nervous because he comes over so intense in his roles on screen, but in real life he’s eloquent, head strong and maybe even slightly shy. He started off a little awkward but soon enough was right into each of his stories and working the stage as he told them. Ever the actor! Some of the things he said were really amazing – mainly about acting technique, and his stories were really interesting. He didn’t really speak much about his childhood but we got to hear mainly about his early acting career. It was a shame it was only two hours, because I could have listened to him talk for hours.
To conclude the evening, he read some poetry by Oscar Wilde. It was so good to see him act and emote on stage. He has such an amazing intensity despite his personality being the opposite.
Since the evening G Man and I have been re-watching some of his films. We’ve seen Scent of a Woman, Glengarry Glen Ross and Scarface. Coincidentally Dog Day Afternoon and The Devil’s Advocate are showing on TV this week, so we’re recording those. We still have The Godfather and Heat in our collection to watch, and we saw Serpico recently and I’d love to see that again.
Mr Pacino we salute you as the greatest actor of all time. (And he’s pretty darn attractive too!)