Al Pacino To Play Phil Spector In A Biopic Directed By David Mamet

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-10-08 18:23:30 discussion comments
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Back in the days of The Godfather and Sidney Lumet, Al Pacino was viewed as one of the greatest actors of all time, but nowadays he makes films like 88 Minutes, Two For The Money and Righteous Kill. Then he decided to take the role of Jack Kevorkian in HBO's You Don't Know Jack and suddenly he's back on top with an Emmy in his pocket. So what's next? How about another biopic.

Deadline reports that Al Pacino will next play music producer Phil Spector in a film directed by David Mamet. The project has been in development for years, originally with plans on having Tom Cruise star and Cameron Crowe direct. When you consider the difference in age between Cruise and Pacino, however, one has to imagine that the project has been since tweaked. One of the most famous music producers of all time, Spector was charged guilty of second degree murder in the first degree back in 2008 for killing actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

If I had to choose my favorite Al Pacino performance of the last 20 years it would be Glengarry Glen Ross, so I am ecstatic to see him pairing up with Mamet again, even if it won't be the playwright's words on the page. Pacino has spent a great deal of the last two decades making a joke out of himself. Hopefully he's now turning it around for good.
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