More details and pictures have been released by HBO about the network’s upcoming movie about Joe Paterno and the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.
Paterno, the film starring Al Pacino will be released this spring, according to the network. Pacino and director Barry Levinson have been doing some media interviews about the project this week.
Levinson told the Philadelphia Inquirer the movie will focus on a two-week span in November 2011 when Sandusky was indicted of child sex abuse charges and Paterno lost his job. He added the film will be “framed around” flashbacks Paterno has as he undergoes an MRI in the weeks before he died of lung cancer.
“I think the film has to deal with the complexity of it all, rather than say he did this or he didn’t do that. … The questioning of it is part of the fabric of the piece,” Levinson told the Inquirer. “It truly is a tragedy.”
Pacino also spoke about his role of Paterno this week, including how the film will handle showing how much the longtime Penn State coach knew about Sandusky’s crimes.
“He knew there were rumors. … I don’t think he was very fond of Sandusky, for whatever reasons — I think there were other reasons,” Pacino said, according to IndieWire.
“…He did act upon it. He did say he thought someone should look into this. [But] a guy like Paterno — he’s like an emperor, he’s like a king. He didn’t take up with it because it was out of his control. And I think this is a character who’s used to control.”
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