Al Pacino is one the greatest actors to ever grace the big screen. His catalog of blockbuster hits speaks for itself, and he will forever be known as one of the most influential actors of the 20th century.

Here is something you may not know about him.

Before Al Pacino was the Al Pacino, he was a 20-year-old kid getting locked up in Rhode Island.

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Nate D. Sanders Auctions is a hub for unique collector's items, offering one-of-a-kind items such as a Tupac-signed concert ticket from 1992 and Dwight Eisenhower's signed D-Day speech. In 2014, the hub auctioned off the official police report of Pacino's arrest, and shared the less-than-glamorous story of the Scarface actor's time in Rhode Island.

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On January 7, 1961, officers noticed a car circling the same block of a neighborhood in Woonsocket. That car was occupied by three gentlemen: Al Pacino and his two friends, Vincent J. Calcagni and Bruce Cohen.

The officer who approached the vehicle apparently observed black masks and gloves, and when police searched the car, they found a .38 pistol in the trunk.

Since Pacino wasn’t a high-profile star yet, the three gentlemen couldn't afford the $2,000 bail and were forced to spend three nights in jail.

The details of the arrest are scarce, but Pacino allegedly told police that he and his friends were actors and the weapon was a prop. After convincing the police of his story, the actor was released and the charges dropped.

Pacino has come a long way since that moment in 1961, and we may never know what he was really up to on that night in Woonsocket, but I wouldn't be surprised if he recalled this moment while portraying one of his most iconic characters, Tony Montana.

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