Editor’s Note: The following was written by Harold Leeder, editor-in-chief of The New Circle Circular, Lexington’s #1 source of fake news you can’t count on.
As Al Pacino’s biopic of Joe Paterno, Paterno, premiered on HBO this week, a rival broadcasting network, Cinemax, wasted no time announcing their plans to shoot Pacino’s next film, where the accomplished actor will tackle the role of Rick Pitino in Pitino.
“I like playing people with similar syllables in their name. Makes it easier for me to remember who I am on set. From Paterno to Pitino, it’s always Pacino.”
We asked if it was difficult to switch from playing shamed college football coach to shamed college basketball coach. Pacino said, “I guess in a way I’m always playing Devil’s Advocate.”
The Pitino biopic will begin with clips from his coaching career at Boston University in the early ’80s, with Pacino digitally inserted into the film, but to make up for the age difference the inserts will be from Scarface.
“Last time I was in Kentucky was at a Derby party where I agreed to play Secretariat. Spent three weeks living in a stable only to have the project fall through.”
A few weeks ago, Pacino had an on-air misunderstanding with Matt Jones, when he tried to call into KSR with some questions for an ask anything Friday episode. After being on hold for an hour and a half, “Al” finally got on-air and promptly mentioned he was a first-time caller. Jones replied with the standard “Hoo-Ah!” and Pacino, thinking Jones was mocking him, immediately hung up the phone.