June 14, 2007 04:30 PM

Al Pacino, rhumba king? It could happen.

The actor, 67, who plays nefarious casino owner Willie Bank in Ocean’s Thirteen, tells TIME he wouldn’t rule out appearing on the ABC reality competition – although fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

In the magazine’s “10 Questions” feature, a reader asks Pacino, who won an Oscar after tangoing with Gabrielle Anwar in 1992’s Scent of a Woman: “I know you are a private person, but I hear that you can really dance. Would you consider doing Dancing with the Stars?

He replies: “Actually, I would consider it. All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. But I don’t think I would be on Dancing with the Stars mainly because I would be too shy.”

Pacino also sounds off on hip-hop artists who worship Scarface (“It’s amazing to me. It’s wonderful”), who does the best Pacino impression (“Kevin Spacey comes close. Jamie Foxx does a good rendition of me. … It’s sort of like having a talent for playing an instrument”) and retirement (“I was shocked when I heard about Paul Newman retiring at age 82. Most actors just fade away like old soldiers”).

The 2007 recipient of the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award, Pacino muses on the possibility of a movie about his life. “It would be called The Dustin Hoffman Story,” he quips. “When we were starting out, [Robert] De Niro, me and Hoffman were always sort of mixed up. People mistook us for each other.”

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