Al Pacino: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

We are back with seven more fascinating facts about the brilliant Al Pacino. If you’re a fan of the actor and want to learn more about him, just keep reading!

Number Seven: His Looks Got Him His Role in Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon is based on the real story of American bank robber John Wojtowicz. Life magazine published an article after the events took place in which Wojtowicz was described as “a dark, thin fellow with the broken-faced good looks of an Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman”. The script was sent to both actors. Eventually, Pacino got the part.

Number Six: He Got Really in Character for Serpico

Serpico is the story of a brutally honest New York cop. Pacino, who considers this movie to be one of the biggest achievements of his career as an actor, got so immersed in his character he would often walk around New York in character. On one occasion, he was so deep into character he pulled over a truck driver and threatened to arrest him for exhaust pollution.

Number Five: He’s Good Friends with Prince Charles

Al Pacino met the Prince of Wales back in 1997 at the royal premiere for his documentary Looking for Richard and struck up a close friendship with him instantly. They wrote letters to each other often and the actor once even stayed at Highgrove for the night, with the rest of the royal family.

Number Four: He Worked as a Shoe Shiner

Before his acting career took off, Pacino had to take a variety of very disperse, low-paying jobs to pay rent in Manhattan. Both his parents passed away by the time he turned 22, which means no one could assist him financially. In fact, he was homeless for a while, living out in the streets or in theaters. Some of the jobs he took during his youth include shoe shiner, furniture mover, supermarket checker, messenger, shoe salesman and newsboy.

Number Three: He Lost His Best Friends to Drugs

The early ’60s weren’t Pacino’s best years. Around the time her mother passed away from a heart attack, her two closest friends began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. The actor himself used to drink and smoke cannabis though he denies ever taking any hard drugs. A few months later, both of his friends passed away due to drug overdose.

Number Two: The Original Facebook Banner Featured His Picture

Facebook’s original banner, prior to its radical redesign in 2007, included a manipulated image of Al Pacino. At the time, the man’s identity remained a mystery, until technology author David Kirkpatrick revealed the truth in his book, The Facebook Effect.

Number One: Diane Keaton Forced Al Pacino out of Retirement

Diane Keaton and Al Pacino lived an idyllic relationship in the mid-’80s. Both actors took a break from acting and moved together to a nice, big house in upstate New York. After four years of not working, Keaton was concerned her partner would settle for an early retirement and dragged him back into acting. “What do you think you’re doing? Do you think you’re gonna go back and live in a rooming house again? You’ve been rich too long, buddy. You can’t go back.”  That’s how she got him to star in Sea of Love.