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In October, Al Pacino will be publishing a "revealing" memoir.

In October, Al Pacino will be publishing a “revealing” memoir.

Al Pacino, the award-winning actor, will be releasing his memoir “Sonny Boy” in October.

According to a statement from the publisher, the book published by Penguin Random House tells the story of a man who has overcome all fears and secrets. It delves into his significant roles, collaborations, and relationships, as well as the complicated relationship between creativity and business at the highest level.

“The central theme of the book, on the other hand, revolves around the concept of love and ambition,” the statement elaborated. “Love may falter and ambitions may be thwarted – the same passions that ignite can also fade. However, Al Pacino was fortunate enough to develop a strong love for his craft before ever considering any worldly gains, and he never lost that love. This has had a profound impact.”

The book cover of Sonny Boy by Al PacinoView image in fullscreen

The autobiography will narrate the life of the 83-year-old actor, including his childhood in New York, his upbringing with a caring but mentally ill mother and her parents, his group of friends in the South Bronx, and his enrollment at New York’s renowned High School of Performing Arts. It will also detail his involvement in the avant-garde theater community in New York during the 1960s and 70s, leading up to his breakthrough performances in films like Panic of Needle Park, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, and Dog Day Afternoon.

According to a statement, Pacino expressed that his movie, “Sonny Boy,” portrays his personal experiences and observations throughout his life. Reflecting on his acting career and the opportunities it has presented, Pacino sees his life as a successful journey, and considers himself fortunate.

The author has been working on the memoir for several years. The initial draft of the book gained attention at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2022. Penguin Random House purchased the rights from CAA, a prominent Hollywood talent agency, for a reported $5 million. According to reports, the book was compared to Bruce Springsteen’s highly anticipated and acclaimed 2016 memoir, titled “Born to Run”, and is said to explore profound themes of life, art, and human mortality.

Page Six reports that the team responsible for Will Smith’s popular 2021 memoir, Will, which was co-written by Mark Manson, also handled Al Pacino’s recently released memoir. Mark Manson is well-known for his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.

Al Pacino has spoken about the process of writing a memoir in recent interviews. “As you get older, you start to do things like that,” he commented during a public conversation at New York’s 92nd Street Y in April 2023. “I’ve stayed away from it, but I feel like I need to talk about certain things.” He also mentioned that he has children and it would be a good idea to write a memoir, and revealed that his co-author was present in the audience.

The performer has four children who are over the age of 18. He has a daughter named Julie with his former partner Jan Tarrant, and twins named Anton and Olivia with his former partner Beverly D’Angelo. In addition, he also has a new son named Roman who was born in June 2023 to his current girlfriend Noor Alfallah, who is 29 years old.

Although this is Pacino’s debut memoir, it is not his first published work. In 2006, the actor collaborated with Lawrence Grobel on “Al Pacino: In Conversation”, a book that compiled years of discussions between Pacino and Grobel. Grobel has also written similar books featuring interviews with Ava Gardner and producer Robert Evans.

Pacino was last spotted at the 96th Academy Awards on Sunday night, where he gave the award for best picture to Oppenheimer in a slightly unclear and hesitant manner.

Source: theguardian.com