Pacino plays depressed men - twice - at Venice film fest

Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:59pm EDT
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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...

Cast members Al Pacino (C), Lucila Sola (L) and Camila Sola attend the red carpet for the movie "Manglehorn" at the 71st Venice Film Festival August 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile