“An Evening with Al Pacino” at The Venetian Las Vegas Offered a Rare, Intimate Look into the Iconic Actor’s Career
Actor, screenwriter, producer, and director Al Pacino brought “An Evening with Al Pacino” to the Opaline Theatre inside The Venetian® Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 15. The Oscar, Tony, and Emmy award-winning performer opened up to the audience about his five-decade career. Guests were given the opportunity to speak directly with the living legend in the venue’s intimate and inviting setting.
The film star discussed how he got into acting – in spite of a childhood ambition to play baseball – and talked about his mentors who included Charlie Lung and Lee Strosberg. Among the revelations he gave were that Paramount Pictures did not want him cast as Michael Corleone in “The Godfather.” When asked who his most difficult role was, he replied “Sonny Wortzik in ‘Dog Day Afternoon’.”
The stage and screen icon ended the evening with a monologue from “When God Looked Away,” a play where Pacino portrays famed playwright Tennessee Williams. The play, adapted from Dotson Rader’s 1985 Williams biography, is scheduled for Broadway during the 2016-17 season.
Pacino has starred in more than 40 films, including “The Godfather” trilogy, “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Serpico,” “Dick Tracy,” “Heat,” “Scarface,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Carlito’s Way,” and “Scent of a Woman,” for which he won an Oscar for in 1992. In 2011, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts from President Obama.
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