3 items from 2013
• As told to Roger Ebert
Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin walk into a hotel room, and that sounds like the set-up for a joke. It's more like a long-delayed punchline. These guys have been stars for more than 40 years, but until "Stand Up Guys," they've all three never been in a movie together. Arkin and Pacino were in "Glengarry Glen Ross" together, and Walken and Pacino were both in "Gigli," but that's as far as it goes.
I mention they go way back.
"Yes, absolutely," Walken says. "I've known Al for decades, from New York and from, you know..."
"He didn't know I was an actor," Pacino says, "until we did this movie. He'd just see me around the street a lot."
"We never worked together, you know, for 30 years or more, something like that," Walken says.
"Do you remember that time," Pacino asks, "When we almost got »
- Roger Ebert
New York — Al Pacino, energized by a conversation that has inevitably turned to the intricacies of acting, is snapping his fingers.
"When you get me on the acting trail, I get on that train," he says, punctuating what he calls an improvised "thesis on time" with staccato snaps.
The 72-year-old may be gray-haired and a little worn, but he remains, like a dancer, always on his toes, and still enamored of the "crazy, crazy, crazy thing" that is acting: "You're always looking for what's going to feed you, what's going to feed the spirit and get you going."
And Pacino is still getting going. Yet the subject of time – how much is needed to find a character (years in some cases, he says) and how it dictates the parts he chooses now – played a large role in a recent interview with the actor at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. »
She recently earned a 'Best Actress' Oscar nomination for her performance as 'Maya' in the military action feature "Zero Dark Thirty".
Chastain's first professional role was in 2004 for an updated "Dark Shadows" TV pilot, followed by guest spots in "ER", "Veronica Mars", "Close to Home", "Law & Order: Trial By Jury" and the UK series "Agatha Christie's Poirot.".
Since 2012, Chastain has represented the Yves Saint Laurent fragrance 'Manifesto'.
"Yves Saint Laurent is a brand that inspires me deeply," said Chastain.
"...With strong values that I cherish, such as an unwavering commitment, absolute love and feminine audacity..."
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- Michael Stevens
3 items from 2013
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