Phil Spector was never very sane. Before he was sent down for murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2009, Spector was already a notorious figure in the music industry. His production work was highly influential, but a drug-fuelled private life eventually overshadowed his accomplishments. The stories about him are endless.
My favourite is from the recording of the Ramones album End of the Century, when he allegedly kept the band in his mansion at gunpoint and forced Johnny to play the opening chord of “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” hundreds of times. Such material demands a movie. Little did we know that he’d be played by none other than Al Pacino.
Vulture has posted some set snaps revealing Pacino’s dedication to the part. Just look at that wig! The resemblance is frightening.
The untitled HBO production is currently filming, and will focus on Spector’s murder trial. Helen Mirren and Jeffrey Tambor will co-star as members of the defence team, making this a very solid cast. It also reunites Pacino with Glengarry Glen Ross screenwriter David Mamet, who should be able to extract a solid performance from the once-brilliant actor.
There’s no word on the air-date yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.