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Al Pacino's Still Got It

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On Broadway, the only thing Al Pacino needs to do in order to get an entire production off the ground is make a phone call.

A few years ago, Pacino starred in a play called Salome and asked his agent to book a theater that was already being used by another production.

“Al wants the Barrymore,” said Pacino’s agent Sam Cohn to Gerald Schoenfield, the man who books the Barrymore. “Whatever Al wants,” said Schoenfield.” Schoenfield then called the producer who had already booked the Barrymore. “I’m going to have to move you,” he said. “Al wants the theater.”

And that was it. Al Pacino is a guy who can make things happen on Broadway. He will star in an upcoming production of Merchant of Venice.

We think he’s so powerful on Broadway because people still think of him as the Godfather, and who wants to mess with the Godfather?

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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7 comments to “Al Pacino's Still Got It”

  1. 1

    Uhm…he gets what he wants on Broadway because he is amazing live and sells out the shows.

  2. 2

    He has a huge forehead. Never noticed that before.

  3. 3

    Suuuuure we believe a story like that, suuuuuurrree.

  4. 4

    As usual, you're completely uninformed. Al Pacino has been performing on Broadway for over 35 years, won multiple Tonys and sells out the house each and every time he graces Broadway with his presence. As wonderful as he was in The Godfather, it has nothing to do with his presence on stage. If you tried a play once in awhile instead of your usual perversions, you might learn something.

  5. 5

    … Merchant of Venice will be playing at the Broadhurst Theater, not the Barrymore so apparently Al doesn't get what he wants.

    This story smells like a load of bull.

  6. 6

    My fave Al Pacino film performance is Scarecrow. He plays Lion, get it, Scarecrow, lion, lol. The character is so far removed from the Al Pacino we usually see on screen, like in The Godfather, Scarface, etc. He's so damn sensitive and goofy in this one. And it is him and Gene Hackman together in a movie, so it's perfect, really.

  7. 7

    who cares where he plays? he'll be amazing no matter where! i saw im in shakespeare in the park a few weeks ago….i was so happy i could die! i met him afterwards and he was soooo nice to stop and sign for his fans …it was so late i think almost midnight…. hes amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!