Al Pacino As Joe Paterno For HBO Film

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

Al Pacino is an absolute legend in Hollywood with a number of classic roles in his storied acting career, and now he plans on adding to it as he gets set to play one of the most recognized college football coaches in history.

Films has released a first look photo of Al Pacino starring as football coach Joe Paterno in it's untitled Barry Levinson project.


On Sunday, HBO sent out a photo that shows a remarkable resemblance between the actor and coach. (Or at the very least, get people thinking about what Pacino looks like as Paterno with make-up and so forth.) Filming is reportedly taking place through September. Other stars in the film include Kathy Baker, as wife Sue Paterno, Greg Grunberg (as son Scott Paterno), Annie Parisse (as daughter Mary Kay Paterno) and Riley Keough as reporter Sara Ganim. In 2010, Pacino starred as Dr. Jack Kevorkian (left) in You Don't Know Jack. Paterno was sacked by the school and his repuation was forever tarnished for his alleged involvement in brushing the abuse under the rug. Paterno was later fired by Penn State as a result of the controversy. Paterno died in January 2012 and, several months later, Sandusky was found guilty.

Playing real-life figures who became infamous late in the lives has become something of a career for Pacino.


Paterno coached the Nittany Lions to 409 victories from 1966 to 2011 - 111 of which were vacated because of the scandal.

Academy Award victor Al Pacino is about to tackle one of his most controversial roles yet, portraying late college football legend Joe Paterno.


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