Here’s an interesting tidbit: in a recent interview with Larry King, Al Pacino revealed the one role he wishes he hadn’t turned down, and it’s that of a famous comedian. Check out the video below to see how Pacino wishes he had played Lenny Bruce in the movie Lenny – a role that eventually went to Dustin Hoffman and resulted in an Oscar-nominated performance from the actor.
Also, it’s fun to watch King operate surprisingly light on his feet and finagle an answer out of the notoriously private star.
When you think about it, Pacino as Bruce would have made perfect sense. Bruce was a complicated, intense guy who had very public breakdowns (onstage and off), and swore a lot. It almost sounds like Scarface without the Cuban accent.