On Oct. 21, 2005, De Niro was one of the actors who paid tribute to Pacino at an American Cinematheque celebration of the latter’s work.
“Al, over the years we’ve taken roles from one another. People have tried to compare us to one another, to pit us against each other and to tear us apart personally. I’ve never seen the comparison, frankly.”
He added wryly, “I’m clearly much taller, more the leading-man type. Honestly, you may just be the finest actor of our generation. With the possible exception of me, frankly.”
The Irishman is now streaming on Netflix.