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Even Pacino, one of Hollywood's biggest legends, seemed impressed by the film's star power.
"It's sort of like if you're in a trapeze act," said Pacino about acting alongside Walken and Arkin. "You have that kind of freedom. You feel like you can do anything because these guys carry things. They're so good that it allows you to be creative."
"Stand Up Guys" hits theaters Jan. 11 and revolves around a recently released convict (Pacino) reliving the glory days with two former criminal associates, one of whom (Walken) has been ordered by a former mob boss to kill him. The role required Pacino, 72, to once again hold a gun on film, but he hardly considers himself an expert at this point in his career.
"I was talking to a few police officers yesterday and saw their guns and said, 'I've done so many roles with guns, (but) when I finish the part I forget what a gun does,'" said Pacino, known for his gun-toting roles in 1983's "Scarface" and 1995's "Heat," among others. "Every time I get another part with a gun, I say, 'How do you load this thing again?' I never thought of myself as being a gun person."
"I sort of forgot that I knew how to do it," Bon Jovi said. "I was writing a lot and getting ready for the record and said to my manager, 'If there are any great scripts out there. …' I wrote the end title song (and) one that's a big part of the movie."
Asked why he and other artists don't write classic soundtrack songs anymore, Bon Jovi boasted, "I'm here to relight that fire."
The film festival runs now through Oct. 25 and will include appearances by Helen Hunt,