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Report: Pacino to play film version of Paterno

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Hailed as one of the greatest actors of our time for playing fictional characters such as Michael Corleone and Tony Montana, Al Pacino‘s latest role will reportedly involve a real life Greek tragedy of a name.

By way of the New York Post, a website called Deadline.com is reporting that the Academy Award-winning actor will play former Penn State Joe Paterno in an upcoming film.  The movie will be based on Joe Posnanski‘s best-selling book “Paterno,” which was penned around the time the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal exploded on the State College campus and shook the university and the Nittany Lions football program to its very core.

The casting of Pacino, who played a head football coach in the movie “Any Given Sunday,” as Paterno has yet to be confirmed by anyone connected to the proposed film, although there have been rumblings for weeks that the actor has been pushing for the role.

Posnanski was given unfettered access to Paterno and his family last year, moving to Happy Valley as part of the process for what began as the definitive biography of one of the greatest coaches in the history of college sports and ended with the legend disgraced and his legacy tarnished.  In November, Jerry Sandusky, Paterno’s former defensive coordinator, was indicted on dozens of counts related to the sexual abuse of young boys and was ultimately sentenced to what amounts to life in prison.  Paterno was fired by the university shortly after the indictments were handed down and died of lung cancer just over two months later.

Just who would play Sandusky in the movie version of the book is unknown, although John Malkovich, who does cinematic creepiness as expertly as anyone, might be a good place to start the casting call.

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26 Responses to “Report: Pacino to play film version of Paterno”
  1. sanguillen35 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:54 AM

    No Stretch…already played Paterno in The Godfather , The Godfather II and The Godfather III. By the way: For 8 years ESPN withheld evidence of child molestation at Syracuse and nothing is being said or done about that!!!!!
    Just saying.

  2. makeham98 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:07 AM

    Jeffrey Jones could play Sandusky. Doesn’t matter, this will never get made.

  3. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 10, 2012 9:58 AM

    Will Pacino wait until after the movie comes out to
    sit down with Freeh, Peetz, Erickson and all the other
    BoT to settle the PSU business?

  4. jsally430 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:04 AM

    can we give sometime to heal? I’m sure the victims will love seeing the man

  5. jsally430 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:05 AM

    who was responsible for their pain being portrayed. I believe Jo pa deserves this movie but not right now. why not make a movie about smu and the death penalty.

  6. jsally430 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:07 AM

    also if this gets made all the profits should go to the victims and child abuse charity

  7. scoops1 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:14 AM

    Courtney Gains as Mike McQueary

  8. normtide says: Sep 10, 2012 10:18 AM

    Awesome actor

  9. stoutfiles says: Sep 10, 2012 10:57 AM

    I refuse to see this if the Paterno family gets any of the proceeds. It also better be an accurate retelling, and not the Paterno family version where Joe did everything he could.

  10. latrobe21 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:09 AM

    Pacino should play Sandusky. Then he could reuse the line “say hello to my little friend.”

  11. effjohntaylornorelation says: Sep 10, 2012 11:10 AM

    It just keeps coming.

  12. mgmac says: Sep 10, 2012 11:26 AM

    most current & former students who defend paterno should get the parts as the shower boys. that way they can see what it’s like to get it up the hershey highway.

  13. kozbee says: Sep 10, 2012 11:55 AM

    Al Pacino a favorite actor of mine should play the part of Joe.Alot of ideas in a few posts here about where the money should go as to who should get it and who shouldn`t.While alot of this was going on i kind of figured it would be a big money thing once hollywood got on scene.Regardless everyone will get paid for the making of the film including the J.P family but i can say this that i will not go to see this film due to all the hurt it brought onto many kids that had their lives ruined by this monster Jerry.I would tell my friends to boycott the opening because why raise this as a movie to enjoy watching.Why not put Gacy or the hillside strangler.Making movies is all about the buck and if they protray any of these bastards then imo no one will ever see me in a movie house watching what one of these animals have done to children.JMO…

  14. thraiderskin says: Sep 10, 2012 1:54 PM

    These comments about boycotts and refusing to see a movie because of the tragedy it will ultimately deal with, is not only short sighted, but dangerous on a grand scale. This is history, this is the story of a fall from grace, this is a more comprehensive telling, of a tragedy. These are the sort of things people need to see to fully understand what can and was lost, what/who was sacrificed for something elevated beyond its natural station. The vast-majority of us know what it is that was wrong, but we don’t understand, to its fullest, what got us to that point. Sure, you can say football got too big at PSU, but that really trivializes the end story. I implore some of you, who care about biographies and history, take the time to fully understand the situation. This issue was never black and white, Joepa didn’t wake up one day and decide to ignore a monster’s doings. This is why history is important, its not just what happened, its about the long road that lead us to that point. You all know the saying about history, but some of your comments make it clear you don’t believe the saying to be true. If this would never be your sort of flick, that is fine, you don’t have to do anything, but the people that come to this site are football fans. This is the story of a major character is college football, who did a lot of good, but when it really mattered, his miss-step cost PSU and the community MUCH more than a loss in a game. This IS a Greek Tragedy(per JT), to a T, and it is a parable that could happen anywhere.

  15. wethog66 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:33 PM

    Friggin hilarious, and perfect, choice to play JoePa.

  16. galvezben says: Sep 10, 2012 3:11 PM

    Carrot Top could play McQueary. Jerry Van Dyke could play Sandusky. The warden from Shawshank Redemption could play Spanier.

  17. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:18 PM

    sanguillen35 says:
    “For 8 years ESPN withheld evidence of child molestation at Syracuse and nothing is being said or done about that!!!!!”
    The accusers admitted that everything they said was a lie. I would say that ESPN acted as responsible journalists by not publishing rumors and/or details of an ongoing investigation.

  18. J.J. Bugs says: Sep 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    Here are the stars they are considering for the role of Sandusky – http://bit.ly/QfkGh2

  19. wabbitslayer says: Sep 10, 2012 4:01 PM

    Things we know Pacino won’t say in the movie:

    “You have to answer for Sandusky, McQueary”

    “Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again.”

    “The whole Big Ten is out of order!!!”

    “I’m just gettin’ warmed up!”

    and last, but certainly not least…”Say hello to my little friend!!!”

  20. sanguillen35 says: Sep 10, 2012 4:02 PM

    2 of 4 admitted to lying. Prior to the “McQueary incident” another similar accustation against Sandusky was fully investigated and no illegal activited was found. Wouldn’t Paterno & PSU be doing the responsible thing by not rushing to judgement …JUST LIKE ESPN? PS there was no ongoing investigation. No real investigation occurred until the 2nd & 3rd accusers came forward and ESPN released the tape.

  21. sportsdrenched says: Sep 10, 2012 5:41 PM

    Excellent Post Raiderskin

    The vast-majority of us know what it is that was wrong, but we don’t understand, to its fullest, what got us to that point.

    This particularly caught my eye. I’m 1/3 of the way through Joe Posanaksi’s book right now. And that’s where I am with Joe Paterno. How does someone with JoePa’s background and commitment to doing things the “right” way get to the point that he essentially harbors (or at the very least, is indifferent) to a child predator running rampant in his program.

    How does that happen? It is a little scary. It did happen at PSU, and it has happened in the Catholic Church, it can happen anywhere. Good, God Fearing, stand-up, Men made terrible choices.

    Most tragedies caused by humans are the culmination of bad or questionable decisions. Identifying those decisions and steering things back on course early are the key to attempting prevention of these tragedies in the future. It was by studying the Challenger Disaster that the term “Group Think” was coined. Ever since then it’s been something to look out for among any organization.

    I get why people are uncomfortable with the subject matter, and yes someone is going to make some coin off this. Someone always does. However, challenge yourself to take this subject head on. Read and watch so you know what to look for; not only in groups in which you participate, but when looking at yourself.

  22. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 10, 2012 7:17 PM

    These comments about boycotts and refusing to see a movie because of the tragedy it will ultimately deal with, is not only short sighted, but dangerous on a grand scale. This is history, this is the story of a fall from grace, this is a more comprehensive telling, of a tragedy.

    ——————–

    No it isn’t. It’ll be just like the book……a softball fluff piece.

  23. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 10, 2012 7:22 PM

    Prior to the “McQueary incident” another similar accustation against Sandusky was fully investigated and no illegal activited was found. Wouldn’t Paterno & PSU be doing the responsible thing by not rushing to judgement …JUST LIKE ESPN? PS there was no ongoing investigation. No real investigation occurred until the 2nd & 3rd accusers came forward and ESPN released the tape.

    ———————

    A reasonable person, having known JS was investigated for impropriety w/ children 1998 where he admitted to showering with boys multiple times, would have put 2 and 2 together when MM came forward in 2001 to report another shower incident. The outcome of the 1998 investigation is irrelevant. The fact that he knew about it, and then did the bare minimum when he heard about yet another incident in much more detail is inescapable. He even looked it up to see the extent of his legal responsibility. His moral responsibility never even entered into his mind, or if it did it was drowned out by fear of blowback against him and his program.

    Stop listening to Anthony Lubrano and the conspiracy theorists. Just makes you guys look irrational and stupid. They looked the other way and got popped. Bottom line. Time to take the medicine.

  24. rickrock6661982 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:26 PM

    This just confirms that Joe Pa was the greatest pedophile enabler of all-time

  25. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 10, 2012 11:08 PM

    Another Paterno story, dozens more ignorant comments by morons that have not studied this case. Oh well.

  26. dkhhuey says: Sep 11, 2012 11:57 AM

    @hound – newsflash – just because we aren’t reading the reports and court documents through PSU stained glasses and come to the same conclusions as you, doesn’t mean we haven’t consumed all of the documents of the case! Joe Paterno knew, Joe Paterno lied about knowing, Joe Paterno covered it up all of those years and enabled more children to get anally raped and sexually abused, and Joe Paterno deserves to be remembered in disgrace and shame!

    Perfect – Pacino already played the devil perfectly – he should have no problem playing this POS.

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