Reportedly, Al Pacino won't meet Phil Spector to prep for his upcoming biopic of the convicted murderer. Pacino said he made the decision not to meet Spector to help him prepare for the upcoming HBO movie. Instead, he opted to watch video clips. Ironically, he met him decades ago, but has no memory of that moment.
CBS News, in a Jan. 4 report, noted that Pacino, 72, stars as Phil Spector in a biopic of the record producer/song-writer. However, he decided against a personal meet and greet session to prepare for the movie. Pacino won't meet Spector, but he never let on as to why, despite speculation that the murder conviction steered him away.
"Phil Spector," launches on HBO in March. The plot revolves around Spector's relationship with his attorney, Linda Kenney Baden. She represented him during his murder trial in which he was charged in the death of actress Lana Clarkson.
The first criminal proceeding ended in a mistrial, but he was later convicted and is now serving a sentence of 19 years to life.
In a recent interview, Al Pacino said this of Spector: "I didn't know anything about him, except that he was responsible for a lot of great music and this strange case."
Spector rose to fame in the '60s with his pioneering "Wall of Sound" technique. He is responsible for numbers of top hits from 1960-1965.
While Pacino won't meet with Spector, it may be water under the bridge; he actually met the man he's portraying 20 years ago, but flat-out forgot. Imagine that?