Published On: Tue, Jun 4th, 2013

Al Pacino ‘gave’ Bruce Willis a career, couldn’t understand ‘Star Wars’ and was in ‘Goodfellas’?

Al Pacino says he “gave” Bruce Willis his career by turning down Die Hard and speaks on how he turned down Star Wars.

Al Pacino Robert DeNiro The Godfather setSpeaking to an intimate crowd at the London Palladium on Sunday night, Pacino said “I gave that boy [Willis] a career. You know who else I gave a career to? Harrison Ford in Star Wars. That role was mine for the taking but I couldn’t understand the script.”

The video landed June 4 as the various sites put Pacino in Goodfellas printingThe ‘Goodfellas’ actor claims he was offered the lead role of John McClane in the action flick…

Sorry to Movie News here and the Winnipeg Free Press here, but that’s role Pacino turned down.

As the Scent of the Woman star explained he did on Pretty Woman, making Richard Gere a “household name.”

“I’m not a good judge of what’s good.”

The Express in the UK got it right, correcting his role to reflect “The Godfather star has revealed he was one of the first actors approached to play tough cop John McClane in the 1988 blockbuster, but he passed on the script”


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  1. Dehlia Lopez says:

    Okay Al, that may be true, but in truth, only and I mean ONLY Bruce Willis fits the character John McCain cop on any show where this character is involved. You can’t say with all of its success, that you would have done as well as John McCain, than Bruce Willis even if you turned down the part. Now on the other hand, only YOU Al Pacino can and should play Michael Corleone in the God Father. That role has Al Pacino written all over it. No other actor in Hollywood could play that character but you. I don’t care who, Brad Pitt, Leo, Chris Pine, anyone, this role is your’s and yours alone.

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