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Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in new movie based on Paterno biography

Sep 8, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

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Actor Al Pacino has played many memorable roles over the years from his Oscar-winning performance as Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman, Michael Corleone in the Godfather franchise, and most sports fans will remember him as Miami Sharks head football coach Tony D’Amato in the Oliver Stone classic football flick, Any Given Sunday.

Now, Pacino has been tabbed to play legendary head coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming movie based on the New York Times best-selling biography done by sports writer Joe Posnanski called, “Paterno”:

ICM Partners next week will be taking a package for a movie about former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, with Al Pacino attached to play the man called JoePa by most students at Happy Valley. Pacino’s manager, Rick Nicita, will produce.

The plot of the film will follow Paterno’s rise and fall at Penn State before his death following allegations that he knew about Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse during his time as a defensive coordinator with the Nittany Lions.

There is no word yet if the movie will be a big-budget feature film or a made-for-television movie.


Al Pacino to be Joe Paterno in new movie [Deadline]

  1. norcal031 - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Really????? Hollywood has to make the movie while its still fresh in our minds. I bet I know how they got Al Pachino to be in it, and it went like this………(Hollywood Movie J3w) “Hey we need to make a movie about that book that is comming out about Joe Paterno”. (Rick Nicita) “Well I will fund fund the movie if I can have Al Pachino play Joe Paterno……(Hollywood Movie J3w) ” Perfect! Ill run it by the Bergs…..They love to make money off of peoples pain….Mozletof!!!!”

  2. t16rich - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Save your money folks. Wouldn’t you feel a little creepy purchasing that ticket anyway?

  3. sabatimus - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Let the defamation suit begin.

  4. andyreidsbuffet - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    This is bad news big Al. I understand both of you have similar backgrounds, but not that similar. Paterno was an Ivy League nerd, while you dropped out of high school. You have always been one of my favorite
    actors, but this is just a bad role. Plus, getting mixed up in this mess is not good, HOO HAH, that is what you need to stick to. Still love you Al,


  5. 1historian - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    this sounds pretty weird I’ll sure concede that, but it’ll never come close to topping the upcoming bio of Liberace with (are you sitting down?) MICHAEL DOUGLAS in the starring role and Matt Damon as his boy-toy.

    I would almost pay to see that.


  6. bobzilla1001 - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Hope this proposed movie won’t be about more piling on a legendary coach and an honorable man who was never given due process. The Freeh report and the NCAA are (bad) jokes. I am absolutely mystified why the general public is so closed-minded and so fearful of learning the truth about this scandal, which was never football related.

  7. bbk1000 - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    This is stupid. There was a time integrity meant something, even to some folks in Hollywood. Not anymore, the economy has them doing anything they could get their hands on.

    Perhaps Michael Moore as Sandusky.