Today is Al Pacino's birthday. I can't say I am a huge fan of his work. I have enjoyed some of his movies, but I don't have to see a movie because he is in it. But that being said, he has had a significant impact on my life.
In 2002 I went to see the movie "Insomnia". It wasn't an outstanding film. It was during a period where I was going to a movie almost every week and this one was playing. I have since matured and no longer do anything so reckless.
I was there alone in the dark watching this dark drama play out. It was set in Alaska, where I have vacationed. Then a very tired looking Al Pacino came on screen.
There was soon an extreme close up, only Al's face spread across the big screen. Now granted, Mr. Pacino was suffering from a lack of sleep, hence the title of the film. But all I could see was his forehead.
Yes. His forehead.
It was terrifying.
I spent most of the movie stroking my still smooth forehead. I couldn't focus on anything else. I was so afraid that it was too late for me. Was the damage done? Was that forehead possible in my future?
As soon as the movie was over I went directly to Target and I bought my first bottle of Oil of Olay daily moisturizer.
Now, nearly ten years later I'm still using it daily.