Al Pacino talks 'survivors' for 'Stand Up Guys'

05:00 AM, May 06, 2013

Fisher Stevens and Al Pacino on the set of "Stand Up Guys" which comes out on Blu-Ray/DVD and VOD on May 7. Lionsgate films/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Al Pacino knows a little bit about surviving.

That is one reason why the actor, who burst into film immortality with 1972’s The Godfather, took on the part of Val in Stand Up Guys.

Val reunites with his old friends Doc (Christopher Walken) and Hirsch (Alan Arkin) after spending 28 years in prison. The Fisher Stevens-directed film was released in February and comes out on VOD on May 7 and Blu-Ray/DVD May 21.

Sometimes you play guys you would like to be. What I like about those kind of characters…the ones that are survivors,” says Pacino in this Blu-Ray/DVD extra from Stand Up Guys. “I admire that in anybody.”

Pacino says he admired Val’s attitude “being like ready to go” after nearly a lifetime in prison.

I don’t know if I can make up for the time I lost,” Pacino says, summarizing Val’s feelings. “But I’m ready to do what I got to do. I’m still alive and I still got a spirit.”