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Pacino Won’t Meet Spector: Actor Didn’t Want To Meet With Music Legend To Research Role

Pacino Won't Meet Spector

Al Pacino won’t meet Phil Spector, even though he is playing the famed record producer and convicted killer in an HBO movie.

Pacino’s movie, Phil Spector, debuts in March and focuses on the relationship between the music legend and his attorney, Linda Kenney Baden. She represented Spector in his trial when he was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The trial ended in a mistrial, but he was tried again and convicted of murder, and is now spending 19 years to life in prison.

Though Pacino won’t meet with Spector to research the role, the actor did go all out in portraying the music legend, The Associated Press noted.

The report noted:

“Pacino wore a dizzying array of wigs in his portrayal of the eccentric Spector, whose “Wall of Sound” style was an integral part of pop music in the early 1960s. The actor said he decided not to meet Spector in prison because he’d be a different man than the one Pacino is portraying, who had not yet been convicted of a crime.

“He watched video clips of Spector to help him with his portrayal.”

Director David Mamet also knew Spector well, Reuters noted. The director’s agent told Mamet he needed to watch a documentary about Spector, but the playwright said he already knew enough about the notorious music producer with the wild hair.

Though Pacino won’t met Spector for his latest role, the actor and music producer have crossed paths in the past. A friend showed Pacino a 20-year-old picture of the two men standing side by side — Pacino said he has no recollection of it.

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9 Responses to “Pacino Won’t Meet Spector: Actor Didn’t Want To Meet With Music Legend To Research Role”

  1. Sam Spencer

    I smell a bomb in the making! Phil's life turned into big stinking pile in the end and he became a laughing stock. Pacino must be drinking of smoking something reaaly strange if he thinks he's got a winner with this role.

  2. Steven Calhoun

    One thing I will never understand is that the prosecution used the last video Lana made to convict Spector. I found sexually explicit videos of her on the web and that could have been used by the defense. Yes, Phil was a nut job but when a woman is in porno because she can't find work as an actor, she could have possibly commited suicide. When the prosecutor opened that door, why didn't the defense fight back with the same facts? I don't condon murder but if Spector's defense would have followed up on what prosecutors used to convict him with that last video, that would have found him not guilty. If I found it on the web, why not thr defense? It was a sleezy video. She was working as a waitress and had problems finding work and Ohil probably told her to kill herself. Also, I think Phil had some serious mental problems and the defense didn't avert to that. It's all sad this had to happen.

  3. Steven Calhoun

    One thing I don't believe is that the defense didn't use other videos to defend Phil. She was in pornographic films and she was looking for work as an actress. Maybe Phil told her to kill herself because she couldn't find work, which was the theory, and maybe she did because she was making porn. I would get an appeal on the verdict because if the prosecution open that door to convict him, the defense should have showed the jury the video of her doing lewd things to make money. That ain't Hollywood, it's a defense. Phil is a wack job but when the prosecution uses a video to convict him, the defense can show any film of her doing things that are unbecoming of a person who is desperate for work and had little chance for a career in movies and took her life. Viable defense but a sleezy one!

  4. Dan Murray

    Sam, good point. I'm old enough to remember Spector's heyday and I have no interest in seeing the movie.

  5. Joe Molitor

    Good decision not to meet Spector – not needed at all. Pacino's research & interpretation of the role is always good. I have NEVER seen a movie by Pacino or Nicholson or De Niro that wasn't GREAT! The "original person depicted" – like Spector could be DEAD – so what? Is US film production limited to life-span of the original people depicted?

  6. Anonymous

    Everything we do has consequences. Its sad that there is a porno out there to make people wonder of her sanity. I love his talent but not his real self. He imprisoned Ronnie Spector and made her life a hell. She ended up penniless or maybe her finances have improved nowadays, and he to my knowledge got away with that. He has so much money, he almost got away with this murder also. Ronnie alone would make me think he was guilty. Past behavior shows future behavior but who knows. People think so different today. This world is sick.

  7. Frank Lapore

    Steve I agree and I also wish to say that Pacino doesn't pull that wig off quit as well as Spector. He is no Spector!

  8. Frank Lapore

    I agree steve and I wish to add that Pachino doesn't pull that wig off! Al Pachino is no Phil the pill Spector! In his wet dreams maybe. Al couldn't hold a candle to Phil Spector. Free Al Now! He is guilty of nothing but maybe a bad Perm!