Excellent and illuminating. The conversations come alive on the page. Genius takes such odd, quirky leaps. Pacino is a truly ‘driven’–impassioned–artist. So unpredictable, unexpected.”
–Joyce Carol Oates
For more than a quarter century, Al Pacino has spoken freely and deeply with Lawrence Grobel on subjects as diverse as childhood, acting, and fatherhood. Here, for the first time, are the complete conversations and shared observations between the actor and the writer who, over the years, have become close friends; the result is an intimate and revealing look at one of the most accomplished, and private, artists in the world.
Grobel and Pacino leave few stones unturned, touching on the times that Pacino drank and played piano in jazz clubs until four a.m. before showing up on the set of Scarecrow a few hours later for a full day’s work; when he ate Valium like popcorn at the Academy Awards; and when he realized he had been in a long pattern of work and drink. As the pivotal character in The Godfather trilogy and the cult classic Scarface, Pacino has enshrined himself in film history. He was nominated for eight Academy Awards before winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Scent of a Woman.
Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel is an intensely personal window into the life of an artist concerned more with the process of his art than with the fruits of his labor, a creative genius at the peak of his artistic powers who, after all these years, still longs to grow and learn more about his craft.