The actor enjoys getting all-caps text messages from his "buddy"

By Maggie Parker
Updated March 20, 2015 06:00 AM
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Al Pacino is an avid texter, according to his friend and Danny Collins costar, Bobby Cannavale.

“It is weird, don’t get me wrong. I mean I still freak out whenever he sends me a text. I just love that he texts,” Cannavale tells PEOPLE of his relationship with the Hollywood legend at the NYC premiere of the film. The two met a year ago and have been friends ever since.

So, what’s a text from Pacino like?

“He uses a lot of capital letters and exclamation points. So everything is urgent, even like, ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING?’ ” the actor, 44, says.

While the two definitely share a chuckle over a funny emoticon every now and then, Pacino made a traditional phone call to ask his friend to star in Danny Collins with him. Based on a true story, the film about a washed-up rock star who rekindles his passion for music also stars Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer and Jennifer Garner.

“[Pacino]’s the one that called me and said, ‘There’s this picture, and I’d love for you to play my son.’ When he says that, you just say ‘yes,’ ” the Boardwalk Empire actor says. It’s one thing to get a text from Michael Corleone himself, but a phone call asking to play his son?

“It feels incredible. It’s the thing you dream about,” Cannavale says. “It’s the fake conversations you have when you’re walking down the street and you start having fantasies. I’ve had a few growing up in this business that have included Al.”