Al Pacino will bring one of college sports’ fallen stars back to Earth.
HBO Films and Barry Levinson are producing a movie about legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Pacino will star as Paterno in the still untitled film, and HBO on Monday released the first look at the legendary actor as the former Nittany Lions coach. Their resemblance is uncanny.
The movie will center around Paterno’s entanglement in a sex abuse scandal involving his longtime defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, and the deterioration of Paterno’s legacy as college football’s winningest coach.
Penn State fired Paterno in 2011 following Sandusky’s arrest, ending his 45-year tenure as head coach.
Paterno died in January 2012 from complications due to lung cancer.
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