Al Pacino recalls thinking 'that kid's gonna go far' when he first met Robert ...

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They're already gathering rave reviews for their respective performances in The Irishman ahead of the film's November release. 

But Al Pacino always knew Robert De Niro was going to be great, the 79-year-old revealed during an interview the two Oscar winners shared with Variety.

'I thought, "That kid’s gonna go far,"' Al recalled thinking after first bumping into Robert in New York City early in his career.  

Mutual respect: Al Pacino always knew Robert De Niro was going to be great, the 79-year-old revealed during an interview the two Oscar winners shared with Variety

Mutual respect: Al Pacino always knew Robert De Niro was going to be great, the 79-year-old revealed during an interview the two Oscar winners shared with Variety

'There was something about him,” the Scent of a Woman star remembered thinking of De Niro, when he and then-girlfriend actress Jill Clayburgh bumped into the future star of Taxi Driver in the East Village around 1970. 

'He had a certain charisma. He had that look.' 

The pair have only shared the screen twice previously in their lengthy careers: in 1995's Heat and 2008's Righteous Kill.

And De Niro, 76, revealed he didn't think much of their second outing, panning box office and critical flop Righteous Kill during the interview. 

Rare: The pair have only shared the screen twice previously in their lengthy careers: in 1995's Heat [pictured] and 2008's Righteous Kill

Rare: The pair have only shared the screen twice previously in their lengthy careers: in 1995's Heat [pictured] and 2008's Righteous Kill

The way they were: In The Irishman [pictured] de-aging visual effects are employed so that the audience can watch De Niro and Pacino span decades of their characters' lives

The way they were: In The Irishman [pictured] de-aging visual effects are employed so that the audience can watch De Niro and Pacino span decades of their characters' lives

The Raging Bull thespian remembered standing with Pacino during the Italian premiere of the crime thriller and commenting on the crowd's exuberant reaction.

'I said, "This is a great reaction, but it would be nice if they were here for a movie that we really feel proud about. Next time we’ll do one we like,"' recalled Robert.  

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