It all started so well for Alfredo James Pacino. His star-making turn in ‘The Godfather’ is a masterclass in quiet menace and he’s even more terrifying in the sequel. In ‘Serpico’ he’s loveably rebellious, in ‘Cruising’ he embodies personal insecurity. And then, well, it all started to get a bit nuts. Out went the nuance and soul, replaced by unnecessary tics, method tricks, crazy accents and insane bellowing. Now, Pacino’s name has become a watchword for OTT scenery-chewing: fun to watch, but a far cry from the Al of old.
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