Pacino plays depressed men - twice - at Venice film fest
By Michael Roddy
VENICE (Reuters) - Al Pacino fended off suggestions on Saturday 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.
"I just saw the 'Guardians of the Galaxy', a Marvel thing, it was amazing," he said at news conferences after his two films were shown.
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 gotten 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. Continued...