Pacino`s synagogue trip for new role
London: Veteran actor Al Pacino has been preparing thoroughly for his role in an upcoming production of The Merchant Of Venice by visiting a Jewish temple in New York.
The actor has travelled to Brooklyn to do his research for his role as a Jewish moneylender Shylock in a Public Theatre showing of the Shakespeare play this summer (10).
He visited a Hasidic synagogue to watch the rituals, and even joined in as the worshippers swayed in prayer, known as shuckling, at the service, reports the Daily Star.
"It was done with complete respect and a true sense of empathy," Public Theater Initiative Director Barry Edelstein tells The Wall Street Journal.