After tackling Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Al Pacino returns to the cable network portraying another real life figure – famed music producer Phil Spector.

Written and directed by David Mamet, the film focuses on his trial for murder of actress Lana Clarkson. And while speaking with the press via satellite at the Cable 2013 TCAs for HBO, Pacino says it was an interesting process immersing himself into the school of Spector.

“With today’s world you have all this footage on characters you play,” says Pacino. “I would sit for hours just looking at Phil talking about things. I think that you walk that line of trying not to do the exact mimic of the person, but rather to find … the internal subtext of a character. And what was so interesting to me, as I kept watching Spector, I was waiting for that moment where I could start to feel him in some way inside, to feel that subtext.”

PHIL SPECTOR airs later this year on HBO

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