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Al Pacino is attached to play Joe Paterno in a new film

Sep. 7, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Al Pacino has no problem playing controversial roles whether it's Jack Kevorkian or his latest turn as former Penn State head coach, Joe Paterno.

The scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky hit hard for Paterno, who was a legendary and beloved coach. Not only because of his solid reputation with the team, but also because he knew of the acts. He did escalate knowledge of the incidents, however, when a solution was never made, Paterno did not pursue it any further. Before things got worse, Paterno passed away at the age of 85. The statue that stood in front of Beaver Stadium was taken down on July 22nd after several threats.

Before all this happened, a book titled >Paterno by Joe Posnanski was soon to hit stores. Then when the controversy hit, the author added more to his novel, ultimately making it a crushing and bittersweet end. The book now sits atop The New York Times Bestseller List.

The film will have more than just scandal, it will also show, "his life before Penn State, his family and the iron grip he held over Penn State football and politics until his downfall." No word yet on whether this will be released on the big screen or the small one.

This is not the first time that Pacino has played a coach. In ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, he took on the role of Tony D'Amato. He'll have to dial it back a few notches when he steps in Paterno's shoes.

Source: Deadline

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1:57PM on 09/08/2012

Hah!

Well, I go to Penn State but am not an avid supporter of Paterno's. He should have done more. But I find it really, really amusing that this site predicted Pacino as Paterno months in advance: [link] - seriously, just goes to show you how predictable Hollywood is becoming.
Well, I go to Penn State but am not an avid supporter of Paterno's. He should have done more. But I find it really, really amusing that this site predicted Pacino as Paterno months in advance: [link] - seriously, just goes to show you how predictable Hollywood is becoming.
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12:00PM on 09/08/2012
I'm not dying to see the story, but I'm always happy to see Pacino take on promising roles (let's face it, Joe Pa is an actor's dream role). I must say though, from the pictures, I can't get Joe Pesci out of my mind.
I'm not dying to see the story, but I'm always happy to see Pacino take on promising roles (let's face it, Joe Pa is an actor's dream role). I must say though, from the pictures, I can't get Joe Pesci out of my mind.
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10:06AM on 09/08/2012

are you serious !

Love Al Pacino as an actor, however are you serious that they want to make a film about Joe Paterno . . . the 6 o'clock news as enough for me . . . absolutely no interest for me . . . I think I should apply to Hollywood to give them some ideas about stories that should be made into movies !
Love Al Pacino as an actor, however are you serious that they want to make a film about Joe Paterno . . . the 6 o'clock news as enough for me . . . absolutely no interest for me . . . I think I should apply to Hollywood to give them some ideas about stories that should be made into movies !
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1:37AM on 09/08/2012
Are you fucking kidding me?
Are you fucking kidding me?
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1:20AM on 09/08/2012
Would have been cool to give more details. I have no idea what scandal we are talking about here. (I'll google it right after this comment) Before somebody asks me where planet I'm from, I'll just precise that the world is large, and we aren't all Americans.
Would have been cool to give more details. I have no idea what scandal we are talking about here. (I'll google it right after this comment) Before somebody asks me where planet I'm from, I'll just precise that the world is large, and we aren't all Americans.
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9:33PM on 09/07/2012
I'll comment further once I stop laughing . . .
I'll comment further once I stop laughing . . .
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9:44PM on 09/07/2012
Please tell me why you're laughing....Please?
Please tell me why you're laughing....Please?
9:03PM on 09/07/2012
Geez guys, too soon.
Geez guys, too soon.
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9:01PM on 09/07/2012
atlast heard a casting news abt Al Pacino.hope it turns out into a good movie.Alpac is my favourite best of his generation of actors
atlast heard a casting news abt Al Pacino.hope it turns out into a good movie.Alpac is my favourite best of his generation of actors
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9:59PM on 09/07/2012
are all of your posts written by your 1997 Nokia cellphone?
are all of your posts written by your 1997 Nokia cellphone?
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