Here’s hoping he doesn’t get typecast: It was announced today that Al Pacino will take on the role of Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a new film produced for HBO. Variety reports the biopic will take place in the early 1990s when the assisted suicide advocate’s “Mercy Machine”—a gas mask fed with carbon monoxide—was responsible for his first assisted suicide. Barry Levinson, the veteran producer and director behind Rain Man, The Natural, and Wag the Dog, is helming the telepic. It’s unclear if the film will portray the 81-year-old doctor during his current years.
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