Los Angeles cinephiles got a once-in-a-lifetime treat last week thanks to The Academy’s “Heat” 20th anniversary screening, which included a viewing of the new 4K restoration of the film and a Christopher Nolan-moderated Q&A with director Michael Mann and stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. IndieWire provided some of the best highlights from the event the morning after, and anyone wanting to experience the chat a little more intimately is now in luck. The Academy is hosting a ton of video clips from the reunion on their YouTube page, which includes segments devoted to topics like the film’s approach to visuals and use of sound.
One of the best clips, embedded below, finds the actors reflecting on what it was like to take on these characters and create the iconic relationship between them. It was important to Pacino that Mann played up the juxtapositions in their personalities through visuals like lighting and clothing, and he humorously admitted that he played the character as if he was strung out on cocaine throughout the entire film.
“I don’t think I’ve ever said it out loud,” Pacino said. “But I’ve always wanted to say it, just so you know where some of the behavior comes from.”
The gentlemen were later joined by supporting actors Val Kilmer and Amy Brenneman, cinematographer Dante Spinotti, film editor William Goldenberg and others. Head over to The Academy’s YouTube page to watch all the “Heat” conversation videos, and check out a selection of our favorites below.