When we think of Al Pacino we, obviously, think of him as “the guy from Jack & Jill,” but did you know that there are some other movies that he could have been in also? I mean, other than Jack & Jill, and not as himself? It’s true! Like, all of the movies, pretty much! All of the famous ones! From The Telegraph:
During An Evening With Pacino in London this weekend, the Oscar-winning actor revealed that he could have starred in Star Wars as Han Solo. Pacino said: “It was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script.”
Han Solo instead became the role that kick-started Harrison Ford’s career. However, Ford wasn’t the first choice: Lucas didn’t want to use an actor he had worked with before (the two had previously collaborated on American Graffiti), and Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray we all considered, alongside Pacino, as potential Solos.
Pacino also revealed that he was offered both Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen’s leading roles in Apocalypse Now and Richard Gere’s role in Pretty Woman.
“It was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script.” Story of my life, Al Pacino. Stamp it on my gravestone and bury me beneath it, But CAN YOU IMAGINE?! Can you imagine if Al Pacino had all of those classic roles, instead of all the other guys who had them? I can. It’d be like, “Whoo-ah, pretty woman!” Hahah. “I thought they smelled bad…on the outside! I’m Al Pacino! WHOO-AH!” “SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND, JULIA ROBERTS IN PRETTY WOMAN!” Right? “I always tell the Apocalypse. Even when I Now.” That’s probably what it would have been like. What a world we could be living it! What else do you think it would be like? Guys?