By Lawrence Grobel,Al Pacino
Pacino grew up sharing a three-room residence within the Bronx with 9 humans in what he describes as his "New York Huckleberry Finn" early life. Raised normally by way of his grandparents and his mom, Pacino all started ingesting at age 13. almost immediately after he used to be admitted to the well known highschool for appearing Arts, his classmates nicknamed him "Marlon," after Marlon Brando, even supposing Pacino did not understand who Brando was once. popular performing trainer Charlie Laughton observed Pacino while he was once nineteen within the stairwell of a Bronx tenement, and the 1st phrases out of Laughton's mouth have been "You are going to be a star." And so begun a fabled, lifelong friendship that nurtured Al via years of now not figuring out the place his subsequent meal could come from till eventually -- at age twenty-six -- he landed his first salaried performing task.
Grobel and Pacino depart few stones unturned, bearing on the days while Pacino performed piano in jazz golf equipment until eventually 4 a.m. sooner than exhibiting up at the set of Scarecrow a couple of hours later for a whole day's paintings; whilst he ate Valium like sweet on the Academy Awards; and whilst he learned he have been in a protracted development of labor and drink.
because the pivotal personality in The Godfather trilogy and the cult vintage Scarface, Pacino has enshrined himself in movie background. he is labored with such a lot of Hollywood's brightest luminaries equivalent to Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Michael Mann, Norman Jewison, Brian De Palma, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, and Robin Williams, between many others. He used to be nominated for 8 Academy Awards earlier than successful the Oscar for most sensible Actor for his position in Scent of a Woman. Pacino nonetheless turns out to want his paintings onstage to movie and, if he is moved via a script or play, is quickly to take elements in self reliant productions.
Al Pacino is an intensely own window into the lifetime of an artist involved extra with the method of his artwork than with the end result of his hard work, an inventive genius on the top of his creative powers who, in spite of everything those years, nonetheless longs to develop and research extra approximately his craft. And, for now, it really is as as regards to a memoir as we are more likely to get.