Sid Owen, actor of EastEnders, talks about his strong friendship with Al Pacino, saying, “He considered adopting me.”
SID OWEN has hailed Al Pacino, a Hollywood A-lister who co-starred with him in the 1985 picture Revolution, for his care and support.
Sid Owen, 49, has revealed how he became friends with Al Pacino, 81, during their time working together in the 1980s. While filming his maiden film role as a 13-year-old, the EastEnders star reveals how he formed a friendship with the Scarface actor.
Because he had no parents, he believes Al “considered adopting him.”
Sid’s father, David, was an alcoholic who abandoned the family when he was six years old, and his mother, Joan, died of cervical cancer when she was 35 and Sid was eight years old in 1979.
Carol and her husband Michael, the actor’s aunts, raised him.
Sid claimed that his first audition involved him reacting to the line “I have to tell you your mother’s dead,” which brought back the raw sorrow of his mother’s loss and solidified his position as Ned Dobb, Al’s character’s son.
“When I started on Revolution, there was a lot for us to work through together to make our father-and-son relationship convincing, so we got into a routine where every day I’d go to his trailer and we’d run lines, whatever we were doing that day,” he writes in an excerpt from his book Rags To Ricky published in The Sun.
“He was aware that I lacked parents and came from a rough upbringing, though we never discussed it.
“At the time, he didn’t have any children of his own, and I later learned that he had considered adopting me.
“He once said, ‘When this is finished, come out to New York.’”
Sid added that the two have kept in touch since the soap star brought his first serious girlfriend to stay with Al and his then-partner Diane Keaton – and that they still talk “every now and again.”
The £19 million film Revolution was a box office flop, grossing only £258,000.
Sid also credits acting with saving him from a life as a “jailbird,” claiming that he discovered his calling after joining a children’s drama group in Islington, close to his home.
Sid had been involved in burglaries since he was a child, and when he and a companion broke into a house at the age of ten, he was warned that he would be prosecuted. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”