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Al Pacino quotes

Shakespeare's plays are more violent than 'Scarface.'

My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.

I've never cared for guns. In fact, when I did 'Scent of a Woman' I had to learn how to assemble one.

It's easy to fool the eye but it's hard to fool the heart.

I don't need bodyguards. I'm from the South Bronx.

My weaknesses... I wish I could come up with something. I'd probably have the same pause if you asked me what my strengths are. Maybe they're the same thing.

The problem with me is, I guess, the way I express myself, you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I'm talking about.

I don't think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You've got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition's an opportunity to have an audience.

I'm an actor, not a star. Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart-shaped swimming pools.

Vanity is my favourite sin.

I'm so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go.

When I was younger, I would go to auditions to have the opportunity to audition, which would mean another chance to get up there and try out my stuff, or try out what I learned and see how it worked with an audience, because where are you gonna get an audience?

In America most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.

Money makes your life easier. If you're lucky to have it, you're lucky.

The truth is, you know, we need our anodynes. You know that word, anodynes? We need that in life some times. A good warm bath can be one for you, or a whatever.

Francis Ford Coppola did this early on. You tape a movie, like a radio show, and you have the narrator read all the stage directions. And then you go back like a few days later and then you listen to the movie. And it sort of plays in your mind like a film, like a first rough cut of a movie.

Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don't believe me when I tell them. That's how I saw myself, in comedy.

I've often said there's two kinds of actors. There's a more gregarious type and the shy type.

It would be hard to play a character you don't like - for me anyway - or can't find something in them to like.

The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful - my personal life suffers.