With the upcoing release of Righteous Kill, starring two of the most prolific actors of all time, I thought I would do a little side by side comparison.
Robert Deniro and Al Pacino both have had outstanding careers as actors. The question becomes who is better. I don't know that you can answer that question definitively without having some sort of personal bias. I myself think that Deniro has had a more prolific career, but I also think that Pacino has played better parts. Not in quantity, and maybe not in quality, but definately more entertaining.
I love the roll they both played in Heat. Pacino was very good in that movie as was Deniro. But I think Deniro could have been replaced and still have had the same movie. I don't think that could be said about Pacino.
Now, Pacino has 1 oscar out of 8 nominations (for Scent of a woman), and Deniro has 2 out of 6 nominations (God Father, pt II, and Raging Bull). That could certainly be used as an indication of who is better. Or, you could go with money.
Deniro movies are estimated to have grossed 2.2 billion. (56 features) whereas Pacino is 1.3 Billion (33 features). Average opening weekend gross' are about the same at 40 million (Pacino) to 39 million (Deniro).
So lets look at the films:
Deniro: Raging Bull, GF, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Cape Fear, Meet the Parents/ fockers, Analyze this, Heat, Good Fellas, Bronx Tale, etc. etc.
Pacino: GF 1-3, Scarface, Dog day afternoon, Heat, Scent of a Women, Devil's Advocate, Glenn Gary Glenn Ross, Carilto's Way, And Justice for all, Donnie Brasco, Any Given Sunday,etc. etc.
Both are equally due their own right in american film history. The reason I bring all of this up is the fact that once again, they pair up in a movie where they will actually be in scenes together.
Heat was the first movie they actually had a scene together and it was only two. At the coffee shop and at the end, when no words were spoken.
So I am interested in seeing this film. Very interested. I love both of these guys and would probably see any movie they have been, or are in. So the burning question I have is who ranks higher than the other?
I can't really decide, so I guess I will let this next film help me decide. It probably doesn't need to be answered anyway.