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

Robert De Niro Al Pacino Almost played each others roles
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The Irishman unites 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.

Here are four films in which Al Pacino and Robert De Niro almost played each other’s roles, and one film in which, contrary to widespread belief, they didn’t.

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19 Comments

  1. Trow

    November 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    “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!

  2. Peter York

    November 5, 2019 at 10:48 am

    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.

  3. Louis Paul Sellari

    November 5, 2019 at 9:13 am

    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

  4. boB

    November 5, 2019 at 7:01 am

    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.

    • Mary

      November 5, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Yes, I agree re politics! I think he uses the F word because he isn’t able to do that !

  5. Bill

    November 5, 2019 at 6:56 am

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

    • Mary

      November 5, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      So what ???

  6. Red

    November 5, 2019 at 4:00 am

    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.

    • Brown

      November 5, 2019 at 5:59 am

      He just says what most people are thinking.

    • Gary A Garvin

      November 5, 2019 at 7:38 am

      So true

      • friz

        November 5, 2019 at 5:16 pm

        So Billy, is it De Niro or Pacino? I would surmise you are likewise infested!

    • Trus0

      November 5, 2019 at 9:19 am

      He may be known by YOU for his political “garbage” but for many of us he is an excellent actor and yeah, he’s allowed to speak his mind.

  7. Cat

    November 5, 2019 at 12:54 am

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

    • WS

      November 5, 2019 at 2:56 am

      You won’t have to count on MY money to see ANY movie with DeNiro in it. I use to think he was a great actor…now he is on level of the employees of the set sandwich truck….

    • Scorpio

      November 5, 2019 at 3:53 am

      Here, here Cat!

    • Gil Contreras

      November 5, 2019 at 3:59 am

      You got that right!

    • Gary A Garvin

      November 5, 2019 at 7:39 am

      So true

    • Jeff

      November 5, 2019 at 10:58 am

      For sure. Slam dunk

    • sadsda

      November 5, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      moderate this

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