Before becoming one of America's greatest actors Al Pacino began his professional career as a stand-up comic.
Al, 77, who will soon be seen in the HBO drama Paterno, playing disgraced football coach Joe Paterno, is a very funny man---a born raconteur with a seemingly endless fund of anecdotes and stories from his life and career.
One he told when we met in Beverly Hills recently:
didn't have a television and my mother would take me to the movies.
Afterwards I would go home and enact the parts in the movies I had seen.
When I saw The Lost Weekend with Ray Milland playing a drunk I was so
affected by it.
"I would play the Ray Milland part at home
---the scene where he has left his bottle of booze somewhere and he
can’t remember where he put it and he starts searching the house and
he's going out of his mind...he's so distraught and he has to find it.
"Well, I would do that scene with such intensity, desperate to find
the booze, full of anguish searching for it and as I was doing it, my
relatives would be laughing. And I thought, 'This isn’t funny, why are
"And I only realized much later it wasn't my acting they were laughing at---- it was because I was five years old!"