While listing some of the greatest actors in the history of world cinema, Al Pacino is sure one name that cannot be missed out. He’s one of the most celebrated actors even today and films like Godfather, Scarface, The Devil’s Advocate and many more have become educational masterpieces for filmmakers and actors alike.
One of his most memorable performances was in the 1992 film, Scent of a Woman for which he won an Academy award. Pacino plays an irritable retired army officer who is visually impaired. The film was directed by Martin Brest and also starred Chris O’Donnell.
But did you know that Al Pacino watched a Hindi movie when preparing for this incredible role? Yes, Pacino turned to Naseeruddin Shah’s performance of a visually impaired man in Sai Paranjpye’s Sparsh (1980). Taking notes from Shah’s portrayal of a man who is blind but does not accept guilt and pity for his condition, Pacino reportedly incorporated a few traits from the character in his iconic role. Cool, right?
As of now, Pacino is still making waves and is set to play Aldo Gucci in House of Gucci with Lady Gaga.