5 Times Al Pacino and Robert De Niro Almost Played Each Other's Roles

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are still going strong: De Niro recently signed up to play two different rival gangsters, and Pacino is starring in Season 2 of Prime Video’s Hunters and will soon produce the first film in 25 years directed by his Donnie Brasco co-star, Johnny Depp. And 2019’s The Irishman united Robert De Niro, who just turned 79, and Al Pacino, 83, for only the fourth time onscreen.

But given their similar ages and backgrounds—and long record of iconic performances— the two longtime friends have often been up for the same roles. Here are five films in which Robert De Niro and Al Pacino almost played each other’s parts.

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