Stephen Graham Secretly Planned To Scare Al Pacino In The Irishman
So you've scored a part in a huge movie and Al Pacino is your co-star. What do you do? Well, you could always plan to scare him, like Stephen Graham did. Check out the clip below:
Martin Scorsese's latest movie The Irishman has been causing a stir since its release, with fans and critics alike queuing up to praise a series of jaw-dropping performances from Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.
But while the three leads have rightfully been garnering acclaim for their iconic performances, there's no shortage of talented actors scattered throughout the film who all turn in the performance of a lifetime.
Like Stephen Graham, who recently sat down with Netflix to discuss how he brought the best out of Al Pacino during a scene they had together.
Graham, who plays Genovese mob cappo Tony 'Pro' Provenzano has a brilliantly tense scene where he's confronted in prison by Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino, and in the interview Graham explains how he kept a trick up his sleeve in order to make the most of the scene.
The Kirkby-born actor told Netflix: "I had a little idea to do something at home whilst I was practicing the scene, and I didn't tell Marty and I didn't tell Al."
Referring to the bowl of ice cream Pacino eats in one scene, he continued: "I told the camera man and I asked the prop department how many bowls of ice cream they had and they said they had loads.
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"So [Pacino] is eating the ice cream really slowly, and he took the last little mouthful, and he puts the spoon down in the bowl and he just kinda leans back.
"As he does that, I just leaned across and lashed his ice cream bowl right across the room, and I went to jump across the table and I went, 'You...!' and he went, 'Woah!'
"Marty then stepped in and went, '...And cut!' and Al went, 'Did you see that, Marty? That kid frightened me!'
"He'd just lean across and touch my hand a couple of times and give me this little nod and this little smile, which made me feel really comfortable y'know? It's that little recognition of 'well done'.
"He called me The Kid, which was lovely!"
Just goes to show how far a little out-of-the-box thinking can get you.
It looks as though there are more exciting times to come for Graham as well - in September, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight revealed he had a role in mind for the Merseysider.
During an interview on BBC Sounds' Obsessed With... Peaky Blinders podcast, Knight was asked who he would like to star in the show.
He answered: "Stephen Graham. Don't worry... we're proceeding with that, but not for this series.
"Not Al Capone - I didn't want to go west. Because it's a minefield once you go into Chicago gangsters. I refer to him last series, but I didn't want to go into that."
So who will he play? Looks like we'll have to wait and see.
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