'Why Am I Still Doing This?'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
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.
"Sometimes I'm tempted to say, `Why am I doing this? Why am I still doing this?'" he says. "Then, after I don't do it for a while, I say: `Oh,
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