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5 Times Al Pacino and Robert De Niro Were Up for the Same Role

5 Times Al Pacino and Robert De Niro Were Up for the Same Role

De Niro Al Pacino Almost played each others roles

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The Irishman united Robert De Niro and Al Pacino for only the fourth time onscreen. But given their similar ages and backgrounds—and long record of iconic performances— they’ve often been up for the same roles.

To mark the birthday of Robert De Niro, who turns 77 today, here are five films in which he and Al Pacino almost played each other’s parts.

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  1. Cat says:

    Al Pacino leaves that dirt ball thug deniro in the dirt
    No comparison
    Al is better than deniro ever will be

  2. Red says:

    De Niro is known more now for his political garbage than his movies. I wouldn’t cross the street to see him in a movie.

  3. Bill says:

    I can see the comments section is infested with alt-right cult members following the link from the Drudge Report.

  4. boB says:

    Pacino has had a much wider body of excellent work (see Scent of a Woman, Devil’s Advocate). DeNiro is good in Mob roles, but ordinary in others.

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing him stick to movies and away from politics.

  5. Louis Paul Sellari says:

    I agree. Al Pacino has more breath and depth as an actor. DeNiro’s ascent into that rarefied air was made possible through Scorcese’s directorial balls and know how. Al Pacino’s success can be directly related to Pacinos talent. Look at the movie historical perspective. Pacino worked with many talented directors. The same cannot be said of Mr. DeNiro

  6. Peter York says:

    de Niro is an airhead with 5 great performances, each playing someone with brain damage. this is not that hard to do. otherwise he mugs and schticks, and for some reason everyone swoons.

    Pacino hasn’t had enough good roles for his talent, and has made some strange choices, but his is the greater talent, by far.

  7. Trow says:

    “The Irishman” is the third time Pacino and De Niro are united on screen. They never shared the screen in “The Godfather Part II”. And to say “only” the fourth is stupid. Most stars aren’t ever in the same movie much less four!

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