Pacino: The loss of two of the close people in his life — his closest sister Margo, played by Brenda Vaccaro, and then Janet Good, who Susan Sarandon plays — set off something in him that led to this desperation inside and a need to go further with what he wanted to do, and an abandon took over. Those are the kinds of things that were percolating in my head somewhere.
Is part of the appeal of doing a TV movie the fact that it doesn’t take as long as a feature film?
For his latest role, Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning actor Al Pacino is taking on the role of Dr. Jack Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) for the HBO Films presentation You Don’t Know Jack.
In 1990, 61-year-old former pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian astonished the world as he took the end-of-life debate head-on and performed his first assisted suicide of a terminally ill patient. Aided by his loyal friend Neal Nicol (John Goodman) and his older sister Margo Janus (Brenda Vaccaro), Kevorkian began offering his death counseling services to a grateful and growing list of clientele. As...
At times during our conversation, he was humble and even self-deprecating about his own achievements. “I like talking about something I know very, very little about, like acting,” Pacino said, though the twinkle in his eye underscored the wisdom of his years of experience. Now, he’s interested in passing some of that experience on — especially to his three children, whom he spoke of proudly. As our discussions on filmmaking, fame, family and the aging process demonstrated, he has a lot he wants to say — though with Al Pacino, getting to the point is always a journey unto itself.
Q: Have you been involved in anything salacious?
A: When I was younger, there was the sex thing. That’s par for the course.
Q: What do you mean, the sex thing?
A: Well, you know.
Q: No, I don’t know.
A: When you’re a movie star, it went with it. It’s a kind of rite of passage, socially.
Q: What did you do to deal with the pressures of fame?
A: Many years ago, in the late ‘70s, I toured colleges along the East Coast and I presented a kind of show where I got a lot of books and poetry and pieces of Shakespeare and...
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