The Shmooze

Al Pacino’s Visit to Borough Park

By Devra Ferst

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Pacino talking in a husky smokers accent, Pacino accepting an Oscar… Pacino shuckling in the back of a Hasidic shul in Brooklyn? Definitely, not something you’d expect.

But the actor was spotted in Brooklyn Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood davening and eating cheesecake early last week, according to a post on the Wall Street Journal’s blog. Pacino was reportedly preparing for his upcoming role as the controversial Jewish character Shylock in the Merchant of Venice, which will be performed at Shakespeare in the Park this summer.

Barry Edelstein, director of the Public’s Shakespeare Initiative, who accompanied Pacino said of the day, “In my Bar Mitzvah lessons, that was not something I ever anticipated seeing.”

The play will open in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater on June 12.


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