Topped and tailed by a standing ovation, Al Pacino took the packed auditorium at the Clyde Auditorium on a near three hour journey from his origins in The Bronx to Hollywood super-stardom.
Detailing his acting process and sharing anecdotes about his equally famous co-stars he had the audience in his thrall. Displaying an energy and undiminished enthusiasm for his craft of a man half of his age the evening flew past in the blink of an eye.
The night, hosted by Billy Sloan who set the context for Pacino’s anecdotes and insights, was interspersed with clips from his lengthy and distinguished career. The only crimp in an otherwise top-notch evening was a particularly cringe-worthy Q&A session with the locals (the most cripplingly embarrassing from a soap actress with an accent so impenetrable and an attitude so inappropriate it elicited boos from the audience and a plea for a message to a recently dead relative from another). A real disappointment and a missed opportunity as when questions of real quality did get through Pacino provided some valuable and at times unexpected answers.
A worthy evening and a rare chance to get inside the mind of a superstar.