Complaints have arisen among some of those connected to legendary and infamous record producer Phil Spector's alleged murder victim, Lana Clarkson, according to her publicist Ed Lozzi. Spector was convicted of murdering Clarkson in 2009.
Lozzi denounces Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and director David Mamet's forthcoming HBO film adaptation of the true-life story of Spector and Clarkson's relationship and its unfortunate end, picketing at a screening prior to the film airing on the pay channel this weekend.
In the film, Spector is portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Al Pacino, co-starring fellow Oscar winner Helen Mirren.
Lozzi attacked the creative team of the film, telling Page Six, "Shame on HBO for green-lighting it. Shame on David Mamet for writing it. And shame on Barry Levinson for going for the quick buck."
Lozzi continued, "Their campaign has always been deceitful, evil and defamatory to our beloved friend."
He added, "They are portraying real people and using their real names. You can't have your cake and eat it too."
HBO's representatives told the New York Post in response: "[Mamet's] exploration of the client-attorney relationship between [Spector] and his defense attorney . . . Mamet approaches the story of Phil Spector as a mythological one, not as a news story, and the film is not an attempt to comment upon the trial or its outcome. HBO's goal is to provide a creative platform for three great artists... While there may be many disparate interpretations of the film's intentions, we feel the film speaks for itself."
Check out the original story on the matter here.
Phil Spector airs on HBO this Sunday at 9 PM.
Pat Cerasaro is a playwright and screenwriter currently in pre-production on his first feature film.|