The Humbling


Al Pacino and Barry Levinson on Age, Accomplishments and ‘The Humbling’:

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?

Al Pacino It’s got to be really confounding when you no longer have that appetite, I would imagine. I know about Philip Roth saying that he doesn’t write anymore and he feels good about it. There’s a kind of relief in that. But to be an actor that doesn’t want to do it anymore?


  1. I love Al Pacino. This looks great.

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  2. That looks like another really good Al Pacino movie. I love Al Pacino…I think the first movie I saw him in was Serpico…and, oh, gosh, we’re getting old. How depressing. 😦

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  3. Reblogged this on MadeleineMaya.

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  4. I too love Al Pacino 🙂

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  5. I think this happens to everyone to some extent; aging employees being forced into retirement, replaced by younger folks, etc., in Hollywood, it must be particularly difficult making a living in a society that places such importance on youth and remaining youthful. Particularly where I live and other places like L.A. for example, plastic surgery has taken on a life of its own. It funny but mostly sad seeing the often monstrous results of multiple surgeries for the purpose of looking young.

    The movie looks great and I love Al Pacino and his attitude. I do wonder though, about other actors of his generation who are not being written about or being given roles, would it be the same?

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  6. It looks good, I’ll have to check that out, I love Al Pacino movies! Frankie & Johnny and Scent of a Woman are my two favourites. 🙂

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  7. Scent of a Woman is the first thing that comes to my mind when I read anything about Al Pacino 🙂

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  8. i think this is the perfect title for this film. love pacino, love his honesty too.

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  9. Reblogged this on Mistrz i Małgorzata.

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