Actor Al Pacino has played nearly every role during his illustrious career, including some of the most memorable characters ever like Tony Montana from Scarface, Frank Serpico in Serpico, a role in The Godfather series and, of course, who can forget him as Tony D'Amato in Any Given Sunday?
However, Pacino's latest credit is one that has brought some interesting attention with it, as the 77-year-old is set to star as legendary Penn State Nittany Lions head football coach Joe Paterno in a new HBO documentary.
As many of us know, Paterno was heralded as an icon on both Penn State's campus and in the college football world for years. That all changed when, along with former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the two were accused of sexual assault on former players when they were just kids, leading to Sandusky being imprisoned and, during an investigation into details, Paterno passing away in 2012 at the age of 85.
Whatever your stance is about the topic — which is directed by Barry Levinson — one thing's for sure; the first photos of Pacino dressed as Paterno are super creepy.
The images come from the set of the documentary, which is taking place in New York, with the pictures of Pacino as Paterno capable of scarring you for life.
From Variety*, here are further details about the project:
The as-yet-untitled film centers on Joe Paterno, who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.
The film also stars Riley Keough as Sara Ganim, the 23-year-old journalist who first reported on the scandal, bringing it to the attention of the national media — and ultimately winning a Pulitzer Prize for her work. Annie Parisse will play Mary Kay Paterno, Joe Paterno’s daughter.
This is the third time that both Al Pacino has worked with Barry Levinson, with the two other projects also coming in questionable roles, with the actor portraying Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the biopic You Don’t Know Jack, as well as Phil Spector in the mini-series Angels in America.