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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, Paterno, being released on April 7, 2018.
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; Pacino's performance is going to be surreal, as per the official trailer released by HBO today.
As you have clearly seen, this film is going to be incredibly intense and we suspect, pretty dividing among Penn State students and alumni alike, as it challenges Joe Paterno's legacy. Variety detailed that Pacino's performance, and ultimately Paterno's experience, is about all self-reflection. This man had to face a harsh reality and question if was, in fact, apart of the very institutional failure that caused these young victims to suffer in silence and shame.
The film will also be starring Riley Keough as Sara Ganim. Ganim was the 23-year-old journalist who initially reported the scandal, bringing it to the forefront of the national media circuit. Ultimately, Sara went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for her work. Other cast heavy-hitters include Kathy Baker as Sue Paterno and Annie Parisse as Mary Kay Paterno.
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