Actor Al Pacino joins the world of robbers. No, not literally. The legendary actor will be playing Willie Banks, the owner of a high class casino in Las Vegas in Ocean's Thirteen that opens today in theatres across the country.
He joins the starry brigade that includes the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and the other new addition, Ellen Barkin. Al Pacino shares his Ocean's Thirteen experience.
What made you sign the film?
The film had a good script. You don't expect something this good in something that's already been done, and it's a franchise.
What is your character like?
Oh! He (Willie Banks) is great, indeed a megalomaniac. For him, his work is everything, to the point where it blinds him to everything else. Eventually, that leads to his undoing.
What is your take on the film?
They have taken everything and just pushed it. It is almost garish. It's wonderfully orchestrated and thought out.
<b1>How was it working with producer Jerry Weintraub and director Steven Soderbergh?
He (Jerry Weintrob) is a producer who's really into the job. He likes doing it and you can feel that. Steven creates that place of comfort, which allows you, to feel free as an actor to speak.
As soon as I talked to him, I knew he was a sensitive person. To work with him was a real treat.
What's the chemistry between Willy and Ellen Barkin's character, Abigail?
I don't think he knows much about her personal life or anything. I don't think he could tell you the colour of her eyes. But he knows that she looks good in a dress, because people have told him so. But other than that, I think she gets the job done.
George Clooney on the stalwart
Al's such a great foil. He's one guy you really want to get and you enjoy when he plays a bad guy. He makes Vegas a really ‘move and hum' background.