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Al Pacino to play aging rock star, already has the aging part down

Jun. 7, 2011by: Mike Sampson
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It kills me to say this but Al Pacino hasn't had a good film role in years. He's been great in TV movies but lately it's been 88 MINUTES, RIGHTEOUS KILL and the upcoming THE SON OF NO ONE (which saw numerous walk-outs at Sundance). That could change as Pacino is in talks to star in his first studio film since OCEAN'S 13.

Pacino is in talks to star in IMAGINE for Warner Bros., where he'd play an aging rock star, in the mold of Bruce Springsteen or Keith Richards (which judging from the photo to the right, isn't that far off), who learns he has an adult son he never knew (he learns this via a letter from John Lennon and I'm not sure how this narrative device works in the film).

Steve Carell was once attached to star as the son but has since dropped out of the film (he will remain on-board as a producer). The film is another dramedy from Dan Fogelman who wrote CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE and MY MOTHER'S CURSE (with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand starring). This film would mark Fogelman's directorial debut.

Pacino is currently attached to star in GOTTI, the John Gotti biopic and would move to IMAGINE after wrapping that film.

Source: Variety

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12:05PM on 06/07/2011
I know Pacino's fans have suffered from his check-cashing roles, but I've always been impressed with him when he comes across the right role. While I prefer the '97 version of "Insomnia" his performance in Christopher Nolan's movie was a reminder at a time when he'd already been chewing more than his share of scenery, and "Merchant of Venice" had him one-upping Jeremy Irons, which is no small feat.

Pity Steve Carell had to back out of acting in this, because that would've been pretty epic.
I know Pacino's fans have suffered from his check-cashing roles, but I've always been impressed with him when he comes across the right role. While I prefer the '97 version of "Insomnia" his performance in Christopher Nolan's movie was a reminder at a time when he'd already been chewing more than his share of scenery, and "Merchant of Venice" had him one-upping Jeremy Irons, which is no small feat.

Pity Steve Carell had to back out of acting in this, because that would've been pretty epic. Anyway, I'm always of the opinion Pacino's comeback role is just over the horizon, and probably not playing a cop (maybe not even a gangster).
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3:27PM on 06/07/2011
I couldn't agree more.
I couldn't agree more.
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