Al Pacino - The Reluctant Star
Al Pacino is a mystery. He is fire and ice at the same time. His attraction is animalistic, his looks terrifying. From the ghetto of the New York Bronx he has made it onto the big stage - from Broadway to Hollywood. At the beginning of the 70s, he celebrated his first great international success as Michael Corleone in “The Godfather” – and this against all odds. Apart from director Francis Coppola himself, nobody wanted him for the role. His realistic acting became the measure of all things overnight.
Despite his early success in Hollywood, this glittering world of fame is not his at all. He is a shy star. Again and again he withdraws himself and draws new strength from the theatre. That's where it all began for him. That's where the magic is. Only there he feels the pure adrenalin.
Even though he adores the theatre, he always lives in both worlds: on stage and in front of the camera. In Martin Scorsese's latest gangster epic “The Irishman” he slips into the role of the unscrupulous union leader Jimmy Hoffa. At nearly 80 years of age, Pacino still embodies the paradox of power like no one else. It is a return to his own roots – the world of Michael Corleone.
Al Pacino – the story of a man with many faces. The story of an artist who balances on the tightrope and is constantly threatened with falling. The story of a gifted actor but also of a reluctant star.