De Niro + Pacino = ?
For most of movie history, legendary actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have been ships passing in the night. They were both in “The Godfather Part II,” but their characters lived their lives decades apart. When they finally shared the screen in “Heat” it was for a single scene. Now, with “Righteous Kill,” the two tough guys finally truly co-star in a story about cops and corruption.
Who knows what cinematic treasures we’ve missed out on because of these all too infrequent collaborations? Here’s our best guesses for what a few classic movies might have looked like if De Niro and Pacino had shared top billing. —Drew Tewksbury, Special to Metromix