February 22, 2012

Pacino, in the Role of a Lifetime

How we missed this piece in yesterday’s Buffalo News is beyond us, but it really is worth the read.

L’affaire Grisanti, as told by Hollywood (just a snippet to whet your appetite):

So now, it’s thought by pols that Grisanti’s involvement in all this badly besmirches him as a candidate when his seat comes up for re-election in November.

Maybe so.

Not in the movie version, it doesn’t. In that one, Mark Grisanti is played by a young version of Al Pacino, Maria is played by Marisa Tomei, and he’s known as a state senator who voted his conscience, Frank Capra-style.

And then he’s known as the kind of barroom peacemaker who will, nevertheless, do and say just about anything to rescue his wife from under a pile of angry people when she’s in the process of getting a concussion on a casino floor.

“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” it’s not.  But it still would be an Oscar contender. 

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