Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted. I don’t know how right I am, frankly. But it’s been a thing with me. Sometimes, you know, we get into habits, and we don’t even know why anymore, but we’re in a habit. This is what you try to do in acting too. When you’re acting in a scene, in the theater, say, you do something and you know it’s right. You’re lucky enough to get a moment. And then the next night you try to repeat it. Then pretty soon all you’re going after many, many nights is repeating the moment, and it’s gone bad. You’ve forgotten about the source, how you got there, what made that moment possible.
— Pacino, in conversation with Julian Schnabel, in 1991 for Interview. On a semi-related note, yesterday I did my first batch of interviews for the book. If you would like to talk to me about Pacino and/or write about the book, in English or French, you can email me and we’ll get you a copy.  (via alpacinobook)