Al Pacino had a memorable time at the Oscars back when he was celebrating his third nomination and it’s not just because he was up for the main prize of the evening.
When The Irishman star was on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week, he remembered the hilarious time he got high at the Academy Awards and had a wild encounter with Jeff Bridges. While Pacino’s first nomination had come in 1973 for The Godfather, and his second for Serpico came next, it was his third nomination for The Godfather: Part II that stands out in his memory.
“I was sitting there and it wasn’t at all like you’d expect,” Pacino told Jimmy Kimmel. “I went and I was sat there in this big event and I was with a friend. I had a few things, you know. I was not completely myself. So everything was tolerable, you know? The nerves had calmed down. I was sitting there enjoying the show. I turned to Jeff Bridges — he was also nominated — and I said hi.”
Pacino recalls how he and Bridges hadn’t met before, and he thought that Bridges probably hadn’t seen his movies.
“But I said to him, ‘I don’t think they’re going to get to the best actor category. It’s an hour and they didn’t get to that category,'” Pacino says. “He gave me a look to this day — I’ll never forget it — like, ‘Where do you come from, who are you?’ and said, ‘It’s three hours.'”
“That collapsed me,” Pacino added. “I thought, ‘What am I going to do for the next two hours?'”
“If you’re so high that Jeff Bridges has to tell you what’s going on… ” Kimmel joked.
Watch a video of Pacino telling the hilarious story above now.