Sunday, August 7, 2011
Helen Mirren Sticks with BioPic Despite Calls to Quit
Helen Mirren is slated to star in a new film about Phil Spector, known for his work in the music industry and later accused of murdering Lana Clarkson. Mirren will be playing the role of Spector’s attorney, Linda Kenney Baden.
Friends and allies of Clarkson have promised “serious consequences” if Mirren goes through will the role, according to the British Daily Mail. The Daily Mail reported that Mirren’s spokesman said, “She’s in the movie. She’s not dropping out. That’s all she’s saying.”
The 66-year-old actress will star opposite Al Pacino as Phil Spector. Spector was found guilty of Clarkson’s death and is currently serving a 19 years-to-life sentence.
According Reuters, screenwriter and director David Mamet said, “I definitely think there is reasonable doubt [in Spector's case]… They should never have sent him away.”
The Daily Mail reported that Edward Lozzi, a publicist speaking for Friends of Lana Clarkson, called the film, “an insensitive attempt to portray the loathsome, lying, gun-abusing convicted murderer of our friend Lana Clarkson with some kind of sympathy.”
Spector’s attorney Baden has set forth the idea that Clarkson in fact killed herself with Spector’s gun.