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How an 8th-grade teacher and the Bible got Al Pacino into acting

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To promote their new movie The Humbling, actor Al Pacino and director Barry Levinson stopped by EW‘s Sirius radio station and talked with EW editor Matt Bean about the people that inspired their long careers in film.

Levinson recalled the moment that he decided to become a filmmaker: laying in the hospital as a child, he asked a nurse to change the channel and the nurse challenged him, “Oh, you think you can do better?” Levinson, who produced shows like Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, said he never forgot that moment.

Pacino, meanwhile, said his acting career was catalyzed by an eighth-grade teacher who cast him in plays and selected him to read from the Bible at school assemblies.

In terms of pure craft, though, Pacino unreservedly cited Marlon Brando as an inspiration.