Al Pacino on Portraying Joe-Pa in “Paterno”

by Luca Celada April 4, 2018

After tackling the Bernie Madoff story in Wizard of Lies with Robert De Niro and that of Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack with Al Pacino, Barry Levinson revisits another sordid story of moral dilemma and failure featuring an aging and almost Shakespearian figure in HBO’s Paterno. Pacino (who also played Phil Spector in David Mamet’s eponymous HBO movie) portrays the legendary Penn State football coach’s fall from grace as the sexual abuse scandal surrounding his assistant Jerry Sandusky unfolds. The HFPA’s Greet Raemeker spoke to Pacino about how he approached the role.