Sunday 17 June Irresistible allure of Pacino Following a screening for his movie 'Wilde Salome' Al Pacino parties at Residence club on St Stephens Green and emerges just before midnight with some of his girlfriend Lucila Sola's lipstick smudged on his lips. Rougher round the edges but still in full possession of his legendary bad-boy charm and brooding Italian looks, Al Pacino breezed into Dublin this week for a screening of his new film Wilde Salome, leaving female fans who packed the streets outside drooling like love-sick teenagers.
The lady on his arm, Lucila Sola, an Argentine actress 40 years his junior, did her best to grab the cameras' eye, stroking her glistening black locks as the actor spoke of his love for Oscar Wilde whose play Salome inspired his latest work , but there was no competition.
The lenses, like so many of his female co-stars who have fallen for him headfirst, only had eyes for him. Since he took on the iconic role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather 40 years ago, he has been nominated for eight Oscars, taking home one for his performance as a blind army officer in Scent of a Woman.
He has played epic parts in a string of critically acclaimed movies from Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico to Sea of Love and Scarface, his signature intensity and rugged magnetism proving irresistible to many of his leading ladies.
Yet in 50 years of dating some of the world's most glamourous women, he remains Hollywood's longest-serving bachelor and has never married. The enigmatic superstar, who grew up in a broken home of Sicilian immigrants in a Bronx slum, once vowed that he would never tie the knot because he hated the fact that marriage is a legal contract.
When I think about the law and marriage, I ask myself, when did the cops get involved? In her memoir, actress Diane Keaton wrote of her three-year romance with the "unattainable great", which began after a year crush she developed for the actor while playing his wife Kay Corleone in The Godfather. The Annie Hall star, who was linked to a string of Hollywood actors including Warren Beatty and Woody Allen, fell hardest for Pacino, but he was only interested in two things, she said, baseball and the theatre.
Before long, she started to believe that he viewed her more as someone to talk to than a lover, and in , when they were filming Godfather III in Rome, she delivered an ultimatum: It was a break-up which left her devoid of "all semblance of sexy confidence", she said. There was an aspect of him that was like a lost orphan, like this crazy idiot savant. I worked hard on that one. In the early s, before he was famous, he had a five-year relationship with New Yorker Jill Clayburgh, one of the smartest female stars of her time.
Just days after he told a reporter they were planning to marry and have children, he took her to dinner and said he had fallen in love with another woman. Into the frame came Hollywood bad girl Tuesday Weld, a child actress who dated Elvis Presley and turned down two of the biggest roles in movie history, Lolita, and the female lead in Bonnie and Clyde.
There was a two-year relationship with Swiss beauty Marthe Keller, whom he starred with in the car-racing flop Bobby Deerfield, and a passionate affair with Californian TV actress Kathleen Quinlan, between and A heated liaison with Penelope Ann Miller, his co-star in Carlito's Way, came as a surprise as he had been living with Australian director Lyndall Hobbs for years.
Unfortunately, she would soon discover, it was not just with her. Miller, almost 25 years his junior, said the chemistry between her and Pacino was unstoppable. I always knew I had it in me, but he brought out a real fire.
He needs to have his freedom more than most performers. And when Al is free, he flies. An aspiring film-maker, the year-old has brought more than a bit of drama to her father's life. Last summer, she was arrested in Manhattan after admitting to drinking beer and smoking marijuana while driving. More recently, his relationship with Beverly D'Angelo, whom he met on a flight from LA to New York, led to one of the bitterest celebrity custody battles.
The year-old star of the National Lampoon Vacation movies, and ex-girlfriend of movie director Neil Jordan, had been dating Al Pacino for four years when they decided to have IVF treatment, which resulted in twins.
Anton and Olivia Pacino were born in , but the following year, the couple went through a bitter separation followed by a lengthy legal battle over access to the children. Pacino, who is notoriously private about his personal life to the point of sometimes leaving the house dressed in disguise, has admitted that his weakness for actresses may have something to do with the fact that he never settled down.
Every time I get started with an actress I say, 'hey maybe we shouldn't enter into this'. Don't give up anything for me'. His father left when he was young. He doesn't want to get involved in a bad marriage. And he can be difficult sometimes, and I think he's aware of that. He was 22 when she passed away, leaving him devastated.
Prior to her death, they had not been getting along and she never got to witness his acting success. Some years later, he tracked down his father, who left for California when Al was a child, and they were reconciled.
A chronic insomniac who wears sunglasses night and day to ease his profound shyness, in real life, Pacino is said to be the opposite of the tough guy characters he plays -- a very gentle, compassionate man. He once commented that it was liberating to act the hard man because he could say things he would never say in real life. Decades ago, he left behind the drink and drug binges that stained his early stardom, and kicked a two-pack-a-day smoking habit to protect his voice.
Today, his only weaknesses are cappuccino and herbal cigarettes, his greatest craving spending time with his children. As he approaches his 72nd birthday, it seems that fatherhood could be on the cards again following his current girlfriend's recent announcement she is feeling broody and would like to have his baby.