British actor Stephen Fry missed a meeting with movie legend Al Pacino because he fell asleep. The funnyman was suppose to have "tea" with the Scarface actor during his trip to London last month (Sep14), but Fry decided to take a nap beforehand, and slept through his planned appointment.
Fry made the revelation in a chat on Twitter.com after a fan asked him, "Have you ever met one of your heroes and made a fool of yourself?"
The actor replied, "Two weeks ago I overslept & missed tea with Al Pacino. I mean you just don't stand up (Pacino's The Godfather trilogy character) Don Corleone or Scarface..."
Fry tells BBC Breakfast of the incident, "I made a complete spectacular idiot of myself... The nap just grew and grew. And I woke up rather groggily to see that I'd missed tea with Al Pacino. And I thought, 'That is ridiculous. You don't fall asleep knowing you're going to have tea with Al Pacino and then just blow him out'... There was a huge spate of emails from my PA (personal assistant) and his people. They were very concerned, 'Are you okay Mr Fry? Is everything alright? Al hopes there's no problem?' I just grovelled back, saying, 'I don't know, it's terrible, I had a sleep problem.'"
Lindsay Lohan has been given tips and advice from acting legend Al Pacino as she kicks off her first theatre run in London's West End. The Mean Girls star is appearing in a production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow and the play opened for previews on Wednesday night (24Sep14).
Lohan, who was accused of forgetting her lines during the first show, has now revealed she met up with theatre veteran Pacino during his trip to London this week (ends28Sep14) and he offered her some valuable advice on stage craft.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I was in the Corinthia hotel and he was there. I'm a huge fan and he gave me some really good advice. He told me doing a play is one of the best things I could do as an actor, especially for future roles. He said he was proud of me for doing it. Then randomly, Scarface was on TV later at home and I watched it. It was really cool."
Speed-the-Plow officially opens at the Playhouse Theatre on 2 October (14).
On Friday (26Sep14), Pacino announced plans to return to the London stage in 2016 for the first time in more than 30 years, in a new production of Oscar Wilde play Salome. He will portray King Herod, a role he took on in a 2003 Broadway run and again in Los Angeles in 2006, before tackling the role once more in a new film adaptation, which premiered in the U.K. capital last weekend (21Sep14).
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Al Pacino will return to the London stage after more than 30 years in an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play Salome.
The Scarface actor has starred in the drama twice in the U.S. and a performance of the Los Angeles production was turned into a film, which also starred Jessica Chastain. He has also written, directed and starred in Wilde Salome, a documentary about his obsession with the drama. Pacino will take his connection to the piece further by playing the King Herod character on the stage once more in London in 2016.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "There will be make-up, sets, costumes... and decadence. It will be a whole different thing to what we did in America... We had Jessica Chastain play Salome in Los Angeles, and made a film of the play. It was her first film. We lucked out on her, but we need to discover a new actress to Salome in London. We're all looking." The film and documentary premiered in London on Sunday (21Sep14) and Pacino was honoured with a Fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI) on Wednesday (24Sep14).
Pacino last appeared on the London stage in 1984 in David Mamet's play American Buffalo.
Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain were 90 minutes late to the London premiere of new film Salome after they were blocked in by protesters taking part in the People's Climate March on Sunday (21Sept14). Thousands gathered in central London to demonstrate about environmental issues, and the Scarface star was caught up in the travel chaos on the way to the screening of his film and an accompanying documentary.
Pacino and Chastain made it to the red carpet an hour and a half behind schedule.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "It was mad out there. It's always like that in London. I once broke down in my limo and had to rock up in a cab, which wasn't a good look."
Salome is a film version of Oscar Wilde's play, and Wilde Salome is a documentary about Pacino's struggle to direct and star in the drama.
Supermodel Cara Delevingne and actress Emma Thompson were among the protesters who marched through London on Sunday.
Veteran Scarface star Steven Bauer is reportedly dating a teenager 39 years his junior. The actor, 57, made his red carpet debut with 18-year-old Lyda Loudon at the Hollywood premiere of Woody Allen's new film Magic in the Moonlight last week (21Jul14) and editors at UsMagazine.com claim they are a couple.
Bauer used to be married to Melanie Griffith, the mother of his 28-year-old child Alexander, while he also has a boy named Dylan, who was born in 1990, from his second marriage to actress Ingrid Anderson.
Movie great Al Pacino is set to sit down for an interview with British actor Stephen Fry following a special double screening of his two films based on Oscar Wilde's controversial play Salome. The Scarface icon will be the guest of honour at the British Film Institute event in London, where his 2011 documentary-drama Wilde Salome, which explores Wilde's work, will be shown to the audience.
The screening will be followed by the 2013 drama Salome - Pacino's take on the tragic Biblical story - and a question and answer session with the actor/director.
The event will take place on 21 September (14) and the interview will be broadcast live via satellite into cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gosford Park star Fry has his own connection to Oscar Wilde - he portrayed the Irish writer in the 1997 biopic Wilde.
Hip-hop veteran Scarface is ready to hang up the microphone for good after ruling out plans to reunite with his Geto Boys bandmates for their first album in nine years. The 43-year-old rapper, who rose to fame in the late 1980s, claims there is no bad blood between himself and fellow group members Willie D and Bushwick Bill, but he is not interested in recording a follow up to 2005's The Foundation.
He tells AllHipHop.com, "We ain't doing no album (sic). That's out. F**k that. Not with me. They can do that s**t. Will and Bill can do that s**t, but I'm out."
Scarface, real name Brad Terrence Jordan, also reveals he is preparing to step away from the limelight altogether.
He says, "As a matter of fact, I'm going to be done with Scarface in a minute. I'm going to go Rock & Roll on y'all a**. I'm gone. I'm out this b***h... It's time to go."
The rapper had previously announced he was working on his 12th solo album, Deeply Rooted, although a release date has yet to be set.
"We all have Scarfaces in our family... It (film) wasn't exaggerated. (Martin) Scorsese, Oliver Stone, (Brian) De Palma - those guys were right on the money. I wanted to be (drug lord) Sosa, educated, good-looking, a good dresser, and he's the one who was running it. And notice, he never got his hands dirty. He sipped his tea. He was nice, not aggressive. And at the end of it all, he was the one that stayed. So I realised around 18 that Tony (Montana)'s the wrong guy to be looking up to." Pitbull on cult movie Scarface, about a Cuban gangster living in Florida.