Al Pacino was knowingly picking not very good films, he confirms

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Remember Al Pacino in Jack & Jill? So does Al Pacino.

Back on cinema screen at the moment is the mighty Al Pacino, who is part of the ensemble for Martin Scorsese’s terrific The Irishman. The film heads to Netflix this week, and Pacino had been doing some interviews to promote the movie. And in a chat with GQ, he’s addressed the lowering quality of some of the films he’s more recently found himself in.

“You know what? I may be falling into a bad habit now. 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”, he admitted.

He also added that Robert De Niro had talked to him about taking movies that “aren’t adequate”, and how he talked himself into them due to the money involved.

Pacino added that you then “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”.

Amongst the movies on Pacino’s CV that he’s surely not referring to is his turn in the Adam Sandler ‘comedy’ Jack & Jill. I can still remember the shock when he popped up in the trailer for that.

Pacino is currently shooting the TV series Hunters, that Jordan Peele is producing.

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