Published December 21, 2012
“The day we stop lookin', Charlie, is the day we die.” Wise words from a wise man, a blind, alcoholic colonel with a death wish to be exact! Student Charlie Simms was just looking to make an extra buck over the holiday break and the job of looking out for Frank Slade probably should have paid more. It’s been 20 years since the 1992 film "Scent of a Woman" won Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor at the Academy Awards, and our friends at Snakkle.com took a look at what the talented cast is up to now.
Al Pacino THEN:Al Pacino’s Academy Award-winning role as Frank Slade as the abrasive, and alcoholic Colonel is a memorable one. He may be blind (“I'm in the dark, here!”), but Frank can see a lot more than some, and he won’t hesitate to say so. Charlie keeps an eye on the sometimes-suicidal Frank, who ends up becoming more of a mentor to Charlie than a job.
Al Pacino NOW: Trained in method acting, Pacino had many successes on the stage before he became the stand out film star of iconic movies like “The Godfather” (1972) and “Scarface” (1983). In 1993, Pacino and scored two Academy Award nominations: one for his lead in “Scent of a Woman” (for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor) and another for his supporting role “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Pacino returned to his stage roots as Shylock in the film version of “The Merchant of Venice” (2004) and now has “King Lear” in the works for 2013. While he’s enjoyed a number of relationships with costars and has three children from previous relationships, he has never tied the knot.
Chris O’Donnell THEN: Prep school student, Charlie Simms, is on Thanksgiving break, but he needs to work to make some cash. Lucky for him, Colonel Frank Slade is in need of a caretaker; however, the job description didn’t include daily verbal abuse (or advice, Frank might call it). But after Charlie saves Frank’s life, Frank rescues Charlie by defending him in front of a committee looking to punish the perpetrators of a school prank.
Chris O’Donnell NOW: In1990 O’Donnell landed a role in the dramedy “Men Don’t Leave.” He increased his exposure with “Fried Green Tomatoes” and then landed “Scent of a Woman,” for which he was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. O’Donnell then turned down the role of James Edwards in “Men In Black”, but his subsequent success in TV on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and most recently on “NCIS: Los Angeles” have kept him in the limelight. The youngest of seven children, O’Donnell is now married with five children.
Gabrielle Anwar THEN: Chris notices Donna from across the room of a restaurant and Frank insists that they make their introduction. Actress Gabrielle Anwar plays the soft-spoken beauty, waiting for a date, who ends up letting the blind but debonair Frank take her for an impressive spin on the dance floor. After Frank gives him some sage advice about women to Chris, he proceeds to lead Donna in a perfect tango on the dance floor for one of the film’s many memorable scenes.
Gabrielle NOW: While the English actress will always be remembered for her tango with Al Pacino, she stayed busy with acting after “Scent of a Woman.” You may remember her as the lovely Queen Anne in “The Three Musketeers” (1993) or as Princess Margaret in “The Tudors.” With an actress mother and award-winning film producer and editor for a father, Anwar is film royalty in more ways than one. You can catch her as Fiona Glenanne in the series “Burn Notice”.