Al Pacino prepared for his role in an upcoming production of The Merchant Of Venice by visiting a Jewish temple in New York.
The actor is preparing to play Jewish moneylender Shylock in a Public Theater showing of the Shakespeare play this summer (10) and has travelled to Brooklyn to do his research.
He visited a Hasidic synagogue to observe the rituals, and even joined in as the worshippers swayed in prayer, known as shuckling, at the service.
Public Theater Initiative Director Barry Edelstein tells The Wall Street Journal, "It was done with complete respect and a true sense of empathy."
Pacino, who played Shylock in a 2004 adaptation of the play, also met with a member of the Hasidic community at a kosher restaurant in Borough Park.
The play begins in Central Park's Delacorte Theater on 12 June (10).