Al Pacino is winning serious acclaim for his performance in “The Irishman”, but the same can’t be said of a number of his roles.
In a new interview with GQ, the 79-year-old admits that he has come to start taking less-than-stellar roles on purpose.
“You know what? I may be falling into a bad habit now,” he confesses. “I think I’m starting to get a little perverse. I’m starting to want to do films that aren’t really very good and try to make them better. And that’s become my challenge.
“I don’t think I go in thinking it’s not gonna be very good, but it’s like [Robert De Niro] said: Sometimes they offer you money to do something that’s not adequate. And you talk yourself into it. And somewhere within you, you know that this thing is gonna be a lemon. But then, when it comes full circle, and you see it, you say, ‘Oh, no. I’m gonna make this better.'”
As Pacino explains, sometimes he takes roles hoping to make them at least a little bit better than outright bad.
“You spend a lot of time and you’re doing all these things, and you say, ‘If I can just get this to be a mediocre film,’ and you get excited by that. It’s an impulse that I’ve got to just put that away now,” he says.