Marvel has already nabbed actors like Robert Redford, Glenn Close and Anthony Hopkins for featured roles in the studio's films. Now another acting legend has expressed his interest in joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While at the Venice Film Festival to promote his new movies The Humbling and Manglehorn, Al Pacino raved about Guardians of the Galaxy, calling it “the most entertaining, inventive, beautiful film." He told Deadline:
“It was not something I would readily go see, but my kids got me to go, and one has to draw the line at where prejudice starts and where it ends -- that was good stuff! I recognized the ingenious stuff they were doing; the invention, the attractiveness of the way they were performing it. It had Shakespearian feeling to it at times. I was caught up in the big screen, the great sound..."
Of course, that led to the next natural question. Asked if he would be interested in appearing in Guardians 2 or any Marvel project, the 74-year-old Oscar winner replied:
"I would do anything that I could understand in terms of how I fit in it. And you know, of course if I could fit in it. Anything’s possible...You know, I did Dick Tracy and I got an Oscar nomination, so come on. I mean, what can I say?”
Now, of course this is not exactly "Al Pacino wants to be in the next Marvel movie unconditionally." But just like those other acting icons mentioned above, he has seen the potential and success -- both creatively and culturally -- of comic-book movies and, it seems, would be open to appearing in one if the right role came along.
Getting the man who starred in two of the greatest films of all time -- The Godfather and The Godfather Part II -- not to mention stone-cold classics like Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, Serpico, Glengarry Glen Ross, Heat and plenty of other terrific movies, would undoubtedly be another feather in Marvel's increasingly crowded casting cap. But who could Pacino play? Which story and character would make the most sense? Offer your suggestions below ... and let's see if Marvel is listening.