January 23, 2012, - 1:29 am
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Since former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno just passed away Sunday (Rest In Peace), I’m sure I’ll get some comments and e-mails from some people that it’s too soon to write this. But it’s in the news now. And you know they’re ultimately gonna make a TV movie about this, probably for ESPN or even–dare I say it–Lifetime. And if I were the casting director, I know whom I’d cast in the movie. Some people have suggested Al Pacino as Joe Paterno. But not me. If I were casting the flick, “Penn State: The Movie,” I’d pick . . . Joe Pesci! I couldn’t help but realize how identical they look, especially when Pesci played a novel role for himself–mobster!–in “The Good Shepherd” (read my review).
It’d give Pesci a chance to play something besides a mobster, criminal, or other sort of malefactor. Broaden his horizons. He’s definitely got the high-pitched voice and they are dead ringers for each other.
Check out my other casting choices . . .
As Jerry Sandusky, it’s a toss up between Nick Nolte and Brian Dennehy, though I’d go with Dennehy who looks a little more like the guy, and much more so than he looks like Bobby Knight (whom he played in an ESPN TV movie).
For Mike McQueary, I’d cast a newcomer to acting, former champion tennis player, Jim Courier (he’s not an actor, but I’ll bet he’d take the role):
Whom would you cast?
Tags: Brian Dennehy, casting, Casting Director, Jerry Sandusky, Jim Courier, Joe Paterno, Joe Pesci, Mike McQueary, Nick Nolte, Penn State, Penn State University, Penn State: The Movie