‘Phil Spector’ Trailer: Al Pacino Gets to Wear a Lot of Wigs
With the trailer for HBO's 'Phil Spector,' it's easy to fixate on the tabloid nature of the project and Al Pacino's multitude of wigs. Sure, that's what the real Phil Spector looked like in court, but will that overwhelm this true life story about Spector's court time and possible murder of Lana Clarkson? Hopefully writer/director David Mamet has some tricks up his sleeve.
And Mamet's what makes this more interesting than most of the recent HBO movies. Mamet -- though now getting infamous for his right-wing politics and columns -- is still the man behind such legendary plays as 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and 'American Buffalo' and the writer/director behind such films as 'House of Games' and 'Homicide.'
This looks to mostly be about Phil Spector as he stood trial, and so it's easy to focus on his freakish appearance. His trial photos gained infamy among many who didn't know Spector as the producer behind such hits as The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" and The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," but only for his clownish wigs.
With Pacino, Helen Mirren and Jeffery Tambor starring, this will probably be something worth watching, even if it does become a camp-fest. Spector was a flamboyant figure, and the stories of him pulling a gun on his acts (including The Ramones) are legendary. Perhaps Mamet printed the legend. 'Phil Spector' airs March 24 on HBO. Here's that trailer: