Famous Firsts: Al Pacino Reveals His First Brush With Fame
LOS ANGELES, Calif. —
The moment Al Pacino first realized he was famous left him with nothing to say to an attractive woman who recognized him.
Access Hollywood's Billy Bush caught up with the Hollywood screen legend over the weekend at the junket for his latest movie, the Adam Sandler comedy "Jack and Jill," where he revealed the moment when he lost a bit of his anonymity.
"I do remember the first time… I'm on a street corner, and I'm a young guy, out and about. I'm walking and next to me is this red-headed girl who is attractive and was standing there by a light," the 71-year-old actor said.
"I look over at her, as if to say, 'Will this light ever change?' I thought I was witty then. 'What's going to happen to us if this light doesn't change?'" the actor recalled.
But it was when the woman referenced his iconic Michael Corleone role in 1972's "The Godfather," that caused the actor to panic.
"She just turned to me, and she said, 'Hello, Michael.' I said, 'Well, first of all, I'm not Michael. I'm Al.' Wait a minute – Michael Corleone, 'The Godfather!' It all left me, all the spirit I had, all the need to talk to her," he explained. "Everything just said, 'Whoa! What's this? This is new. She knows who I am? Are you kidding? I'm out of here.'"
The moment left the star completely unable to turn on his charms with the good-looking redhead
"I couldn't close! I couldn't even walk. I was just standing by the light," Al told Billy. "I sort of left myself there. Isn't that something?"
"Jack and Jill" opens on November 11.
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