April 23, 2006 |
AL PACINO likes layers. A week before the first performance of "Salome" at the Wadsworth Theatre in West L.A., he drifts up and down the dark aisles like a wayward cloud formation of black and gray garments -- baggy pants, a couple of untucked shirts and a droopy blazer, his smiling face floating above them in Cheshire cat fashion. "Suicide," he says. "Murder. Sex." Pacino is ticking off the overlapping elements that keep him coming back to this odd script and the role of Herod, king of Judea.