Al Pacino - Al Pacino Refused To Meet Incarcerated Phil Spector Before Biopic

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Al Pacino refused to meet Phil Spector in preparation for an upcoming biopic about the incarcerated music producer as he believed the real man would be very different from the character in the movie.

The Oscar-winning actor declined a visit to meet Spector at a prison in Corcoran, California, where the music legend is currently serving out a life sentence for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Pacino plays the convicted killer in Phil Spector, a television movie about the music mogul's relationship with his attorney Linda Kenney Baden, played by Dame Helen Mirren, during his first trial in 2007.

The initial court proceedings ended in a mistrial, while a second trial the following year (08) ended with a guilty verdict and a sentence of 19-years to life.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday (05Jan13), Pacino insisted he did not want to meet Spector in prison because he was worried incarceration would have changed him, as Spector in the film is not yet convicted of his crime.

Instead, the actor chose to watch archive footage of Spector to help with his performance.

He said, "I didn't know anything about him, except that he was responsible for a lot of great music and this strange case."

The biopic is set to air in America in March (13).


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I see absolutely no reason for this film to be made, let alone watched. If Mr. Mamet has no interest in the truth, I feel he will waste everyone's time on this project. If so much as 1 person watches this show and changes their mind, towards Mr. Mamet's way of thinking, I feel it will be a huge dishonor to the Court system. As much as I would love to one day see a movie about my father's life, I do not wish to see a fictitious tale about things that never happened. I would not like to see a movie that makes my father out to be a loving father as that too would be fiction. When I watch a movie that involves the life of a living person (or deceased), I hope to learn something about that person. There will be nothing to learn from this film. From what little I know of Lana Clarkson, I can not see how this movie can be made without tarnishing her character, at the expense of making my father look better. That is just so wrong on so many levels. Don't get me wrong, I love my father but to deny truths is to deny his life as he lived it as well as the Clarkson’s.

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I see absolutely no reason for this film to be made, let alone watched. If Mr. Mamet has no interest in the truth, I feel he will waste everyone's time on this project. If so much as 1 person watches this show and changes their mind, towards Mr. Mamet's way of thinking, I feel it will be a huge dishonor to the Court system. As much as I would love to one day see a movie about my father's life, I do not wish to see a fictitious tale about things that never happened. I would not like to see a movie that makes my father out to be a loving father as that too would be fiction. When I watch a movie that involves the life of a living person (or deceased), I hope to learn something about that person. There will be nothing to learn from this film. From what little I know of Lana Clarkson, I can not see how this movie can be made without tarnishing her character, at the expense of making my father look better. That is just so wrong on so many levels. Don't get me wrong, I love my father but to deny truths is to deny his life as he lived it as well as the Clarkson’s.

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