Will Al Pacino Be Marvel’s Next Blockbuster Superhero?

Zachary Volkert - Author
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Dec. 9 2014, Updated 8:48 a.m. ET

Al Pacino holds the precious, hallowed slot as one of America’s most iconic actors even years after the roles that really got him there. At 74, you might think Al is one step too far behind modern film-making to really have a place in a blockbuster, and, until recently, Pacino probably would have agreed with you.

That was until Al was introduced to Guardians of the Galaxy, and since then, he’s been revealing that he’d love to get in on the comic book hero movie revolution. Recently, Pacino sat down with MTV’sHappy Sad Confused program and confirmed that the Marvel rumors are true — he is in talks with Marvel to be in an upcoming film, though he minimized the claim that it’s already set in stone and didn’t confirm which of Marvel’s many upcoming projects that may be.

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“I would imagine either there’s something he feels is right for me, or… [Pacino’s phone started to ring] Every time we talk about Marvel, that’s what happens.”

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Al’s interest in being a part of one of the 21st century’s biggest film trends is surprising. After all, Pacino’s skills were honed in gritty crime dramas like Dog Day Afternoon and Heat. In an interview with Deadline, Al first got the rumor mill started for his possible Marvel role by lauding Guardians, going as far as to call it “Shakespearean.”

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“It was not something I would readily go see, but my kids got me to go, and one has to draw the line at where prejudice starts and where it ends—that was good stuff… I recognized the ingenious stuff they were doing; the invention, the attractiveness of the way they were performing it. It had Shakespearean feeling to it at times.”

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In the same Deadline interview, Pacino discussed how he would adapt to the genre, saying he wasn’t too worried about it considering how he’s changed into other major characters.

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“I would do anything that I could understand in terms of how I fit in it. And you know, of course if I could fit in it. Anything’s possible. You know, I did Dick Tracy and I got an Oscar nomination, so come on. I mean, what can I say?”

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In the MTV interview, Al was also asked about why he hadn’t gotten in on many of the biggest trends in film despite his status. Woody Allen, Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese are all among the landmark filmmakers who have still never made a film with Pacino.

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“So much of directing is casting… There’s a difference between wanting to work with someone or whether or not they are right for the part. I now [these directors have] voiced they’d like to work with me. But with the great ones, unless you fit into their idea of the movie, you’re not going to get it.”

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Can you see Al Pacino cast in a Marvel comic book movie role?

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