Al Pacino Talks About His Ancestors From Sicily And His Reunion With Robert De Niro For A New Gangster Film

Date November 16, 2017

To play mafia characters, you must be a hundred percent Italian. Some people can argue with this, but a famous actor and recognized sex symbol, Al Pacino, is not among those individuals. The actor has a real-life link to famous “mafia” town of Corleone, which proves he is a true Sicilian.


“I am all Italian”

Al Pacino, who became worldwide famous after playing the youngest son of Don Corleone in the iconic “The Godfather,” says he is all Italian. His grandparents came to New York City from a small town in Sicily, known as Corleone, which due to the famous movie has gained a status of a mafia stronghold.


Al Pacino’s father, Salvatore Pacino, is also from Sicily, from San Fratello. The famous actor often says that unlike the majority of people who call themselves true Italians, he is the one who really matches this statement.

In America, most everybody who’s Italian is half Italian. Except me. I’m all Italian.

Early childhood and acting career

Al Pacino doesn’t like to talk a lot about his childhood, he simply says that he came from a poor family. His parents divorced when the boy was just 2 years old. Pacino had to drop school at the age of 17 to earn money for living. As a teenager, he worked as a clerk, waiter, and even janitor.

Nevertheless, Al Pacino always knew he would become an actor. His grandfather encouraged the boy in this interest. As a teen, Pacino spent hours watching movies and then acting out scenes from them. He enjoyed playing brave and successful men and dreamed to become the same kind of person.


After “The Godfather 2” came to the big screen, Al Pacino, who had been a relatively unknown actor at that moment, suddenly became rich and famous. Pacino’s co-stars in the iconic movie were Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. The young actor’s performance earned him an Academy Award nomination and a worldwide fame.

Al Pacino and De Niro will reunite for a new gangster movie

There is some great news for all fans. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro will reunite for a new gangster film directed by legendary Martin Scorsese. The upcoming film is named “The Irishman,” and it will be released by Netflix in 2019.



The movie critics comment that "The Irishman” is going to get Scorsese back to one of the most popular movie genres and reunite him with the actors he helped make iconic. The new gangster film will definitely become a new hit at least due to its “golden stars” cast, including “the man of a dream,” Al Pacino.

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