After 27 years, the follow-up to “Heat” is almost here as writer-director Michael Mann releases a continuation of the crime epic in the form of a novel called “Heat 2” on August 9th.
The book will trace the lives of master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and obsessive detective Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) before and after the events of their 1995 film, ‘Variety’ reports.
When asked who might play Lieutenant Hannah in a possible sequel film adaptation, Al Pacino made a suggestion that was met with applause.
“Timothée Chalamet,” Al Pacino said Friday night at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
“I mean, he’s an amazing actor. Looks great.”
According to Variety, to mark the film’s 25th anniversary, the Tribeca Festival hosted a Q&A panel that included longtime producer Art Linson, along with old superstars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Conducted by journalist Bilge Abiri, the conversation was followed by a 4K screening of the 1995 film.
The festivities were delayed by two years due to restrictions brought in by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thousands of people, mostly masked, lined up around the block on West 176 Street to attend the event. Before the actors walked on stage, members of the audience were quickly reminded of the presence of the virus when Mann appeared via a video message to announce that he would be joining the panel after testing positive for Covid. were unable to.
No wonder, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro met with a standing ovation when they first took the stage.
“The idea of these two starring in this movie is something that almost anyone would say, ‘That’s a cool idea,'” Linson recalled.
Fans sitting in the crowd were shouting some of the film’s iconic quotes across the panel, occasionally disturbing Pacino’s train of thought.
One of the most recognizable lines is when Al Pacino yells, “Because he’s got a great ass!,” during an interrogation scene with Hank Azaria’s character, “and you totally lifted your head”. previously revealed that the final cut of the film included his actual reaction to Pacino’s line reading.
Azaria told Vanity Fair in 2018, “(Michael Mann) shoots like a million, I think Pacino got bored and shouted ‘Great a**’ out of frustration, which scared me.”
“Not acting at all, it really scared me.”
When Ebiri brought this fun fact to his attention, Pacino was equally surprised.
“seriously?” Al Pacino asked. “How about this? I didn’t know this was going to happen!”
When the actors were asked if they had done any research to prepare for their roles, Robert De Niro looked at Pacino and blushed.
“I robbed some banks,” said De Niro with a playful smile.
De Niro and Pacino began to paint the picture that much of the pride of their performances came from pure instinct. As it turns out, several of his scenes in “Heat” were unearthed during the shoot, including a famous dinner scene.
“Al and I didn’t rehearse the scene,” de niro Told. “We thought it was better to just do it.”
The scene where Hannah and McCauley reveal their rigid ideologies over a cup of coffee is the first sequence in cinematic history where two iconic actors share the screen together. Percussion has been praised over the past few decades for its subtle tension and organic pacing, with Al Pacino crediting Robert De Niro’s listening skills.
“I’ve often said to people who’ve asked me about working with him, ‘You can do anything with Bob’. No matter what you do, he’ll hear it, respond to it.” And it will connect,” Pacino said. “It is a real luxury to be with someone like this. Because whatever you do, it lifts it. He’s always ready.”
“I think it’s a bit like tennis. In your movies, you have to keep hitting the ball over the net, and it gets to the other person. It’s all a smooth rhythm that you get when you listen.”
De Niro, on the other hand, praised Mann’s attention to detail. “He takes time to make them special,” said the actor.
He also recalled the climax of the film which was shot inside an actual hotel and on the tarmac of Los Angeles International Airport.
“We shot on the weekend, I think shooting in downtown LA on Saturday and Sunday because you had to use those streets and they were busy during the week,” De Niro said.
“It was part of complete accuracy. It wasn’t seen in movies before and it was special and memorable and you know you’re part of that sort of thing.
De Niro said the accuracy of the film increased until professionals were trained to shoot live machine guns.
“We used rounds, actual live rounds, practicing all those things,” De Niro said.
While Pacino acknowledged that the great performance added to the film’s authenticity, he praised the editors for showing the actors better.
“Never forget the editors!” Pacino said. “I always think, ‘Hey, that editor has shown me better than I am’.”
PacinoWho said that he did some of the editing work himself, shared a piece of advice for young filmmakers.
“I would suggest any actor, producer, director, editor to watch the movie before it’s locked down because it’s hard to do something you can’t do anything about,” said Al Pacino. “If you watch your pipe early in the movie, there’s a chance you’ll get to hear someone.”
He shared what happened after trying out this playful game plan on the sets of ‘The Godfather’.
“I put a bunch of notes on Francis Ford Coppola’s desk and he said, ‘F** off.’ It just works sometimes: Pacino said with a shrug and a smile.
Paramount Plus’ limited series ‘The Offer’, which ended earlier this week, traces the story of ‘The Godfather’. When asked if he had seen the show, Al Pacino excitedly said “Of course, why wouldn’t I watch it? This is the story of my life!”
Concluding the conversation, Abery asked if a film like ‘Heat’ could be made in the modern Hollywood scenario.
“I mean, worse movies are made now than ‘Heat’, so why can’t ‘Heat’ be made now?” Linson said.
Acknowledging that the world has changed, Pacino said he believes streaming services are still interested in producing big-budget blockbusters.
“Netflix made ‘The Irishman,’ so it’s possible but it’s still hard,” said Al Pacino. “I think Netflix, Amazon or one of them can make a big picture like ‘Heat’ and they’ll be ready to do it too.”