Merchant of Venice hits the Red Carpet
Broadway.tv’s sister company, Red Carpet Network, caught up with Al Pacino at the Golden Globe Awards this weekend. Pacino walked away as winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in You Don’t Know Jack but not before taking a moment to reminisce over his role in Merchant of Venice.
Pacino expressed that Merchant of Venice has been “just a real trip.” As one of Shakespeare most controversial and thrilling plays full of love, betrayal, forgiveness and revenge the play was a perfect choice for 2010’s Shakespeare in the Park. But what started as an immensely popular summer production in Central Park became a critically acclaimed sold-out hit on Broadway. “To be in a hit like that… it doesn’t come along often. I think I’m enjoying it more now than I would’ve say 30 years ago.”
Unlike the movies, Pacino finds that “it’s a very fulfilling thing to do something every night. [Afterall] I believe I have a bit of the performer in me. I’m not sure of it now, for some reason, [I’m] trying to keep away from turning into Robin Williams in front of your eyes… it would be disturbing.”
Ultimately, theatre calls forth a craft from within yourself. “It’s like if you were a musician and you were playing in an orchestra and you playing Mozart or Beethoven and you got a chance to interpret that, play it every night… it give you some.” And so many audiences have walked away from Pacino’s impressive performance of Shylock with a new take on Shakespeare.
Merchant of Venice is currently playing at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) through the end of February before it goes on national tour.
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