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Pacino: No affinity for depressed characters

Venice, Aug. 30 (Reuters): Al Pacino fended off suggestions today that because he plays depressed characters in two movies shown at the Venice Film Festival he must have a special affinity for such roles.

The Godfather star, who is 74, also said that while he did not consider himself to be a Hollywood actor, he appreciated some of the big budget films coming out of there.

In Barry Levinson’s The Humbling, based on a Philip Roth novel, Pacino plays an ageing Shakespearean actor who has lost his ability to act.

In director David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn he is a Texas locksmith who has never got over the love of his life, whom he abandoned, and locked himself away from normal human contact.

Since the characters he plays are anti-social and prickly, Pacino was peppered with questions about whether he draws on personal experience to play people who suffer from depression.“I don’t see how I could not be depressed some of the time but I don’t know about it,” he said.

“How does it go? You say ‘I’m depressed’ but life is sort of all over us. I mean, things make you sad... basically you’d like to be a bit happier sometime but depressed seems so ominous and it’s really in all of us,” Pacino said.

Asked if he thought films in general were more depressing now than they were in the 1970s when he played Michael Corleone, the crime boss in The Godfather movies, Pacino said: “I don’t know that films are more depressing now, I don’t know, but I think that in my earlier films I have to say that in Godfather Two I would imagine that Michael Corleone was depressed.”

 
 
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