Despicable Me 2 (partially found original Al Pacino dialogue of animated film; 2013)

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Despicable Me 2 El Macho movie poster.jpg

A promotional movie poster for El Macho, the character Al Pacino originally recorded lines for.

Status: Partially Found

Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 American computer-animated film sequel to Illumination's 2010 animated feature Despicable Me. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renuad, it starred returning voice actors of the first film including Steve Carrel, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Elsie Fisher and Dana Gaier, along with new cast members to the franchise including Benjamin Bratt and Steve Coogan. The film quickly became one of the most commercially successful films of the summer,[1] and received generally positive reviews from film critics.

In February 2012, it was reported that Al Pacino was cast to voice the film's villain, Eduardo "El Macho" Perez.[2] However, on May 3rd, 2013, two months before the film's release, the film's producers announced that Pacino left the film due to a reported "creative differences" on how to bring his character to life, despite all of his voice recordings being completed and his character was fully-animated.[3] His role was then re-dubbed by Benjamin Bratt, who was first considered for the role before Pacino.[4]


None of Al Pacino's original voice recordings as El Macho have been officially released to the public and it's unknown if Universal or Illumination still have Pacino's original recordings in their vaults.

The only evidence that remains online prior to 2023 is that of Pacino's original voice acting credit is the film's official trailers and previews as well as press releases made before the roles were changed; however, none of the official trailers or previews feature his original dialogue or his character.

On March 22nd, 2023, a snippet of Pacino's voice acting work for the character was found on an animation reel of a character animator who had worked on the film.


An official trailer for the film that features Al Pacino's original voice acting credit.

A short snippet of the unused Pacino's voice acting work for the film (0:50 - 0:54)

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