Movie buffs everywhere rejoiced when real-life best friends, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, announced that they were teaming up with their other, mostly-retired friend, Joe Pesci, and director, Martin Scorsese, for Netflix’s hit film, The Irishman.
Al Pacino And Robert De Niro are titans in pop culture; even non-gangster movie fans have heard all about Pacino’s stellar performance in The Godfather and De Niro’s fabulous acting in the flick, Goodfellas.
The two men also share tons of similarities: both of them were known to be troublemakers as teens, shared the same ethnicity and grew up in New York City at the exact same time.
Read on to learn more about how these two iconic best friends have kept their friendship alive since the 1970s.
1- Pacino Is Protective Of His BFF De Niro
GQ writes that Al Pacino is very protective of his best buddy, Robert De Niro, to the point that he will often dominate the conversation if the two of them are being interviewed together.
Part of the reason for Pacino’s protective behavior is due to the fact that he is three years older than his pal.
2-They Aren't Shy About Saying I Love You
There are some actors that are very shy about showing their emotions and rarely (if ever), express their love for their male best friends on camera.
GQ notes that Al Pacino and De Niro aren’t shy about saying “I love you” to one another, even when they are out in public.
3- Both Actors Didn't See Their Roles In The Irishman As Being Bittersweet
Other actors might have thought that reuniting with an old friend like Joe Pesci, in a film like The Irishman, might have felt like a swan song, but neither Robert De Niro nor Al Pacino felt that way.
Both actors told GQ that the bittersweet thought of The Irishman being the last film all of them appeared in together in didn’t cross their minds.
4- Pacino And De Niro Vividly Remember The Day They Met
Let’s face it, humans don’t exactly have the best memories and, after a while, even the most sharp-minded person starts to forget details of how they met a special person in their life.
According to GQ, Al Pacino can still remember the first day he met Robert De Niro and how impressed he was with his charisma.
5- They Were Often Up For The Same Parts
Given the fact that the two actors are BFFs and are around the same age, it was inevitable that they would be up for the same parts in movies.
According to GQ, Robert De Niro admitted that he often read for some roles that wound up going to his friend, Al Pacino. Can we say awkward?
6- The Actors Do Not Feel That They Have To Compete With Each Other
Even though the two men are best friends, one would imagine that there would be a bit of a competitive edge between them, since they often auditioned for the same roles.
However, Robert De Niro told GQ that they have never felt the urge to compete with one another when it comes to trying to win a role.
7- They Missed Going To The Oscars One Year
GQ writes that both actors have been nominated for Oscars on separate occasions, but apparently they were on the same wavelength and wound up not being able to go.
Al Pacino skipped out on the Oscars as an up-and-coming actor, because he was a bit afraid of the ceremony and Robert De Niro was filming The Godfather II in Italy.
8- De Niro And Pacino First Starred In Gangster Movies
It seems ironic, given the fact that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are best-known for their performances in The Godfather and Goodfellas, but both men actually made their debuts in gangster movies.
The Guardian writes that Pacino’s first role was The Godfather back in 1972. De Niro burst on the scene a year later in Mean Streets.
9- They Enjoyed The Chance To Play Enemies In The Irishman
Some people might imagine that it would have been hard for Robert De Niro and Al Pacino to play enemies in The Irishman, but both actors found it to be very easy.
According to The Guardian, Al Pacino feels that their off-screen friendship highlighted the tragedy of Hoffa and Sheeran; they were friends before the latter betrayed the union boss.
10- Both Men Admit They Were Weirded Out By The De-Aging Process
The de-aging technology that was used in The Irishman and other films is fairly controversial; some people are fine with it, while others think it’s too weird looking.
The Guardian writes that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino thought the de-aging technology was a bit creepy, especially when they saw the finished versions of their younger selves on screen.