Al Pacino tackles yet another contentious real-life character

Al Pacino (wearing sunglasses) stars in Paterno as a college football coach who had known about child sex-abuse complaints against a colleague and had done nothing to stop it.
Al Pacino (wearing sunglasses) stars in Paterno as a college football coach who had known about child sex-abuse complaints against a colleague and had done nothing to stop it.PHOTO: HBO

Al Pacino plays yet another controversial real-life figure in Paterno, about the 2011 Penn State sex-abuse case

His most memorable role was as a fictional mobster in the Godfather film trilogy (1972 to 1990), but Al Pacino has not done too badly playing figures from real life too.

There was his Oscar-nominated turn in Serpico (1973), about a New York policeman exposing corruption in the force; his Emmy-and Golden Globe-winning role in You Don't Know Jack (2010), about assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian; and his performance as the murderous record producer Phil Spector in the 2013 television film of the same name.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2018, with the headline 'Pacino takes on football scandal'. Print Edition | Subscribe