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Al Pacino Regrets Turning Down Role of Lenny Bruce

In an interview with Larry King last week, Al Pacino opened up about the one role he regrets turning down: playing Lenny Bruce in the movie Lenny, a biopic of the notorious comedian. (Dustin Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the title role in the film.)

Watch a clip from the interview below:

Pacino hesitates to reveal the specific role at first, but King is a surprisingly persistent interviewer this time. "I don't want to embarrass anybody, that's the problem," Pacino says. The actor admits that Hoffman gave a "great performance" as the stand-up comic, but still wonders what could have been had he not turned down the film.

Thanks to Punchline Magazine for posting the video.

-- Daniel Lehman

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