HBO has always been a welcoming home for interesting biopics, that goes without saying. But "Phil Spector," the premium cable company's latest biographical drama set to air at the end of March, is a little different than most. For instance, there's no other channel on your cable package where you can click to, and witness Al Pacino wearing a wide-range of flamboyant wigs. Of course, the Oscar and Emmy winner is playing the legendary eccentric music producer. However, this new courtroom-y feature, written and directed by David Mamet, takes a hard look at the declining public image of Spector, specifically during the events that followed his arrest for the 2003 murder of actress/model Lana Clarkson.
"This is about Phil Spector before he went away to prison," Pacino says in this newly-released featurette. Helen Mirren, who joins Pacino as Spector's defense attorney, adds her thoughts, "Whenever you have as extreme a personality as Phil Spector, he's all ready vilified." So, is Spector a victim or a villain? Presumably, the decision will fall to the viewer. But until you can catch it on HBO (starting on March 24th), enjoy this "making of" clip, posted above.
Written and directed by David Mamet, PHIL SPECTOR is his exploration of the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren), who represented Spector during his first trial for murder. Mamet serves as executive producer with Barry Levinson.
Phil Spector stars Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Tambor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Yolonda Ross, James Tolkan, Rebecca Pidgeon