Wednesday 18 October 2017

Barry Levinson on Kevorkian movie

Al Pacino stars in Barry Levinson's film about Jack Kevorkian
Al Pacino stars in Barry Levinson's film about Jack Kevorkian

Barry Levinson has revealed Jack Kevorkian was complimentary about his new TV movie about the controversial doctor.

The Rain Man director showed his new movie You Don't Know Jack - starring Al Pacino in the lead role alongside Susan Sarandon and Danny Huston - to Kevorkian, who simply said: "Wonderful editing."

Barry said of the doctor, who is a right-to-die activist and served eight years in prison after being found guilty of murder following assisting a patient's suicide: "He didn't talk about himself at all. He said, 'Wonderful editing.' He was talking in those terms, as opposed to this was his life."

He went on: "I knew about the cause and what he believed in, but not about him. That's what intrigued me."

HBO recognised the project was a different story with "dangerous elements," said Len Amato, president of HBO Films.

"We were not just taking on Jack's story or the surrounding issues, but the thematic idea of mortality. It's a challenge to try to make a film that deals with those aspects and still draws an audience in."

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