In the later stages of his career, Al Pacino has found a home playing elderly tabloid fixtures. He appeared as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," was recently cast as Joe Paterno in a movie about the Penn State sex scandal and also stars as Phil Spector in the HBO film "Phil Spector." That last film airs on HBO this March, and the cable network debuted a new trailer for "Phil Spector" on Monday.
Alternate lede: Al Pacino's wail of sound in on display in the HBO movie "Phil Spector."
Directed by David Mamet, who you know as Zosia's dad, "Phil Spector" is a look Spector's 2007 murder trial and his relationship with defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren). Spector was accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson; the 2007 trial resulted in a hung jury, but Spector was tried again in 2008 and convicted of murder in 2009. He's currently serving a 19-years-to-life sentence in a California prison.
“He doesn’t go out to the yard too often,” Lt. Lupe Cartagena, a spokesperson for the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, told the New York Post. “He doesn’t have many visitors. He turns a lot of people away.”
As presented in the HBO film "Phil Spector," the iconic music producer -- who pioneered the 1960s "Wall of Sound" production technique and was behind hit songs by The Ronettes, The Crystals and The Righteous Brothers -- yells a lot, not unlike Al Pacino.
Watch the trailer above. For more about the film, including what Clarkson's friends think about it, head over to the Post.