Actor Al Pacino starred as a Cuban refugee who becomes a Miami crime boss in the film Scarface, which opens in theaters on this day in 1983. Say hello to our little list of 5 things you didn't know about Al Pacino.
The Original Facebook Banner Featured His Picture Al Pacino was the first “face” on Facebook. A very early iteration of the site in 2007, displayed a header image featuring a man’s face obscured behind some binary code. At the time, the man’s identity remained a mystery, as his image could not be seen clearly. Dubbed the "Facebook guy," it was not known who the mystery man was — until 2010 when David Kirkpatrick revealed in his book "The Facebook Effect" that the image was a manipulated photo of Al Pacino.
He Almost Played Han Solo Al Pacino was one of many actors to turn down playing Han Solo in Star Wars. He was given the script to Star Wars and was offered the Solo job, but turned it down saying, "It was mine for the taking, but I didn't understand the script." He also turned down playing Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer, and various roles in the films Apocalypse Now, Born on the Fourth of July, Pretty Woman, and Crimson Tide.
He Was Charged With Attempted Robbery On January 7th, 1961, a Rhode Island police patrol pulled over a suspicious car in the middle of the night. Inside the vehicle were three men wearing black clothes and masks, and a gun. All of them were charged with attempted robbery and were sent to jail for three days. One of these men was young Al Pacino. Charges were dropped after Pacino convincingly explained to the police officers that they were all actors on their way to a play.
He Charged People Money To Fly With Him During the European leg of Pacino's 2015 speaking tour, he offered fans the opportunity to ride on his private jet and bask in his presence for a mere $40,000. If that was a little too rich for your blood, he also gave fans the chance to have lunch with him for $12,000, or hang out for 20 minutes with him in his dressing room for $4,000.
He Worked As A Shoe Shiner Before his acting career took off, Pacino had to take a string of low-paying jobs to make ends meet. Both his parents passed away by the time he turned 22, which means no one could assist him financially. In fact, he was homeless for a while, living out in the streets or in theaters. Some of the jobs he took during his youth include shoe shiner, furniture mover, supermarket checker, messenger, and shoe salesman.