In his Variety cover shoot, Al Pacino breaks down how he prepped for his various roles throughout his career including his latest post as Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”

“When you research Hoffa, there’s the books and there’s the good scripts. The good scripts help, but there’s so much footage of everybody.” Pacino says. “So, you watch it and you study it, you think about it, you engage in it. You really devote your time to that – who this guy is – and try to absorb him.”