Mr. Pacino, 74, is playing Simon Axler in The Humbling. Axler is an aging actor whose memory and stamina are failing him. He fears his opportunities are drying up and audiences no longer recognize him.
Q: “The Humbling” deals with a character who is despairing because he’s growing older and believes he’s no longer proficient at the things that defined him. Are these feelings you’ve experienced yourselves?
Al Pacino: Oh, yeah. What film is this again? [Laughter] There are professions where there are certain tools you depend on. With the actor it’s the memory, and also it’s the stamina. You can’t coast in some of these Shakespearean roles. They’re uncoastable. You can imagine the kind of panic that sets in when you realize you can’t get through this.
Q: Is a crisis of confidence like the one your character experiences unimaginable to you?
- See full interview here: Al Pacino and Barry Levinson on Age, Accomplishments and ‘The Humbling’
- Find NY Times Movie Review and Movie Trailer here: Raging Against the Dying of the Stage Lights