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16 Crazy-Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Al Pacino

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Al Pacino is one of America’s greatest living actors. He’s walked the boards in Richard III, he screamed in Jamie Foxx’s face in Any Given Sunday, and he starred in The Godfather, often hailed as one of the most influential films of all time. If there’s anything that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with his performances, it’s the numerous and fascinating Al Pacino stories.

These Al Pacino facts will definitively prove that the actor has been living the life of an aristocrat for longer than he can remember. From his longstanding feud with another Hollywood A-Lister to the amount of money he charged fans to ride on a plane with him, these Al Pacino life lessons will give you a new insight into his very strange lifestyle.

Aside from the weirdness of his on-set behavior, there are also the stories of Pacino smashing phones, his love of a famous 19th-century poet, and the strange connection he shared with his character from The Godfather. Put on your fancy scarf and get ready to learn everything you never knew you wanted to know about Al Pacino. 

  • He Almost Played Han Solo

    It's a well-known fact that many people were up for the main roles in Star Wars, but just knowing that Al Pacino could have leant his manic energy to the most important space opera in history is mind boggling, to say the least.

    Of the almost-casting, Pacino said, "It was mine for the taking, but I didn't understand the script."

  • He's Apparently A Chatty Drunk

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    According to Australian comedian Jim Jeffries, after performing a private show for some Hollywood A-Listers that allegedly included Leonardo Dicaprio, Eddie Murphy, Warren Beatty, and – of course – Al Pacino, Jeffries was approached by the Serpico actor. Pacino then went on the nicest tirade in Hollywood's recorded history.

    According to the comedian, Pacino compared Jefferies to Rodney Dangerfield (whom he's nothing like), and forced him to say that he was a director before Warren Beatty delivered a delicious, side-eyed burn. 

  • He Loved Being A Short-Order Cook

    In the midst of his ostensibly glamorous Hollywood life, Pacino found an unlikely hobby while filming 1991's Frankie and Johnny: flipping burgers. In 2014, he told Variety, “My fantasy was doing it, but only lunches! It’s crazy. You’re so busy. It’s like sleigh riding. You don’t have time to think. You’re going down that snow and the rush of it is so exciting. The time just flies by!”

  • He Has Feuded With Jack Nicholson Over 'The Godfather'

    Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino – two famed actors for the ages – have allegedly feuded over Pacino's casting as Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy, a role that Nicholson turned down. Allegedly, Nicholson thinks that Pacino had an "easy ride" thanks to Nicholson himself turning the part down, and he believes that Pacino should give the Shining actor his due props.