TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - February 26, 2018
Hoo-ah! Amirite? Al Pacino hasn't starred in a decent, theatrically released movie since Insomnia, and that was in 2002. Thankfully he's spent those years making some damn good movies on HBO in a series of biopics of famously... shall we say, troubled individuals. He started out playing Roy Cohn in Angels in America, then moved to Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack and Phil Spector in Phil Spector. These films have gifted Pacino with some of the best roles of his career, not to mention some of the best wigs his head has had the pleasure to know.
Now he's back to turn this trilogy into a quadrilogy when he stars as legendary (and legendarily disgraced) Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in Paterno. I've got to say, these titles have gotten lazier and lazier as these films have gone along. But I digress... Pacino certainly looks the part and he's played a football coach before—though a much more intense version—in Any Given Sunday, so he's got the credentials. Barry Levinson is back behind the camera, having ushered Pacino through his role as Kevorkian—though he ditched Pacino to give DeNiro the plum role of Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies.
The flick's also got a good supporting cast with Elvis' granddaughter Riley Keough, Edward Scissorhands' horned-up neighbor Kathy Baker, and J.J. Abrams regular Greg Grunberg along for the ride. Paterno debuts on HBO Saturday night April 7.
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