Al Pacino versus Robert de Niro
Posted by MAaP on September 1, 2008
It’s been a month and I haven’t written anything of late. My fault, as I had many tasks lined up, and I’m also quite prone to a lot of distractions which I feel inclined to devote some of my time to. But I can never leave this blog hanging. I’ll always come back to make some comparisons. And here we go again…
First off as a post for my birth month will be among two gangster-criminal-like actors who are screen legends, both of them. I wanted to make a post on them earlier, but i only got around to thinking about them recently. I especially heard that they were going to make another movie together, entitled Righteous Kill.
Al Pacino and Robert de Niro already acted on two movies together: Heat and The Godfather II. In both movies, they showed just how convincing they could be as men of guns. Whether the role calls for a hitman, a gangster, a cold-blooded criminal, or a hardcore cop, these two never fail to deliver their best.
The Godfather Gangster: Al Pacino
He has taken on roles that involve a lot of hitting, a lot shooting, and a hell lot of killing. With award-winning performances in many of his movies, Al Pacino knows his character and embraces it. He was terrifying in his gangster roles like in Scarface, feared in The Godfather trilogy, and realistic in his dramatic performances like in Scent of a Woman.
Al Pacino has a long list of nominations and awards for his roles. His easy yet convincing portrayal of his characters undoubtedly made him a star. His dedication to his craft was very evident to the entertainment industry and his fans.
While he branched out to dramatic roles, and even won awards for them, Pacino is best remembered as a gangster or a criminal lord. To this day, while I favor Scent of a Woman a lot, his image still comes across me as a man with a mission.. and a gun.
Enigmatic: Robert de Niro
Robert de Niro also shines as a gangster. He’s at par with Al Pacino in this one. The only difference I can think of between the two of them as gangsters is, while Al Pacino would be holding the gun, Robert de Niro would just be sitting back in his armchair smoking a cigar, with a devilish smile and a deceitful glint in his eyes. Pacino would go out shooting people; de Niro would stay in giving orders to kill.
This is another star who just has that natural charm of bringing to life strong and aggressive portrayals like Al Capone and Vito Corleone. He also an impressive list of awards, as well as branching out to producing and directing films (like Pacino).
The one area where de Niro seems to outshine Pacino is his sense of humor, probably. In recent years, de Niro has starred in comedy films like Analyze This and Meet the Parents. He also shared his voice to the animated film Shark Tale.
Who do YOU go for?
I honestly like them both. They’ve shown great talent and that’re both geniuses in their craft. Despite their gangster-like faces, they are awesome and entertaining legends who have given us films that are most likely part of our top 20 favorite films list.
But I choose Robert de Niro over Al Pacino. This is mainly because Robert de Niro showed us his sense of humor and actively acted in comedy films. Al Pacino is all drama, which is not a bad thing. But I tend to like dramatic actors who can also be convincing in a funny role.