“Hey, what happened to you?”: Al Pacino’s Idea To Quit Hollywood Didn’t End Well For the Actor After He Ended Up Broke and Demoted From the A-List

Al Pacino’s Idea To Quit Hollywood Didn’t End Well For the Actor After He Ended Up Broke and Demoted From the A-List
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Back in 1972, Al Pacino found the golden opportunity to star alongside Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic film The Godfather. Not being famous at that time proved lucky for the actor since Coppola wanted an actor with a clean slate so that the audience might not judge his character.

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After he found fame, the actor decided to quit Hollywood and pursue his passion projects. Taking a break for five years from Hollywood, the actor quickly realized that he had run out of money and was broke. A random encounter with a fan helped him push through and he returned to the theater screens with more iconic movies.

Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II
Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II

When Al Pacino Decided To Quit Hollywood

Al Pacino had the courage to dream and chase his passion. After finding fame in The Godfather and Scarface, the actor decided to quit Hollywood to produce and star in his own movies but that didn’t work out so well.

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Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972)
Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972)

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As per the reports, the actor took a break from 1985 to 1989 from Hollywood where he wasn’t seen in any movies. The actor revealed his reason to an outlet and as per IMDB Quotes, Al Pacino revealed that after he produced his own film, he didn’t realize that debts and taxes had started piling up and he became broke at a point!

“I poured my own money into my own film, The Local Stigmatic (1990). Which I never released. I did some plays. All of a sudden the years passed and suddenly I owed some back taxes and the mortgage was due and I was broke.”

But we wouldn’t have revered Al Pacino as a veteran actor if he had just decided to call it quits. Stating that a random fan encounter helped him, Pacino realized that he must return to Hollywood and be grateful for what had been given to him.

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A Random Fan Encounter Saved Al Pacino’s Career

Al Pacino
Al Pacino

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In his quote, the actor further continued that since he was broke, he was walking down Central Park when he met a random fan. As per IMDB, the fan recognized Al Pacino why he wasn’t on-screen anymore. When Pacino didn’t have an answer, that’s when he realized that he should go back to Hollywood.

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“But you know what really hit me? I was walking through Central Park and this guy comes up to me – didn’t know him at all – and he says, ‘Hey, what happened to you? We don’t see you, man.’ I said, ‘Well, I… uh… uh…’ and he said, ‘C’mon Al, I want to see you up there.’ And I recognized that I was lucky to have what I’ve been given. You gotta use it.”

The movie that Pacino reportedly spent his own money on, wasn’t released but the story depicted two sociopaths at war with each other while acting brutal acts of violence against a random victim. Pacino returned to Hollywood and went on to star in several iconic movies such as The Godfather Part III.

Source: IMDB

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.