The movie legend was impressed with Bardem’s role in 2000’s Before Night Falls and contacted the director Julian Schnabel to arrange a meeting with the Spanish star.
Bardem admits he was overwhelmed at the prospect of speaking to Pacino – and he caught the moment prior to the meeting on camera, so he would always remember his excitement.
He tells Britain’s The Times, “I remember waiting in the restaurant in Toronto for him to arrive. And Julian called to say that Al would be there in two minutes.
“I ran into the toilets and took a picture of my face, just to grab that face forever. And I looked like a teenager going to meet the Jonas Brothers. Like, ‘Aaaahhhh!’ And panting. Of course, he came in, was really nice and I couldn’t even pronunciate any words… I’ve met him many times since. And it’s always the same.”