Al Pacino talks escaping depression

Al Pacino

Al Pacino has said he may have suffered depression without realising it, but feels lucky to have been spared a very bad experience.

The Godfather star has been promoting The Humbling at the Venice Film Festival, where he plays an ageing theatre actor who has an affair with a younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig.

According to Digital Spy, he said: "The character is getting older and the feelings he has for his work are becoming less available to him, so he tries to compensate and becomes a little off and confused and slips into a kind of depression that expresses itself in his work."

He said of himself: "I may be depressed but I don't know about it.

"People go into depression and it's very, very sad and it can last and it's terrifying. I know that, I've had bouts with stuff that comes close to that, but not with that intensity. I feel spared, I feel lucky."

Al added of his most famous character: "In Godfather II, I would imagine Michael Corleone was depressed."