It was only a matter of time before a film was made about Phil Spector. His life has been bonkers enough to at least warrant a made-for-TV movie. It turns out, this might just end up being the case. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that David Mamet has been tapped to write the film for HBO Films. More important, Al Pacino is supposedly taking on the role of Spector himself.
Spector's pre-murder trial career was absolutely massive, but something tells us the film is likely to concentrate more on the, ahem, crazier aspects of Spector's life, namely the murder of Lana Clarkson. We can't help but hope a few of the producer's wackier hijinks make it into the film, even if they come in the form of a cheesy flashback. Click through to see which aspects (and rumored aspects) of Spector's life and career that should be in the film, regardless of its concentration.
Insisting his former wife, Veronica "Ronnie" Spector, carry a life-sized inflatable dummy
Truth or fiction, it doesn't matter, because if there is one story on this list that epitomizes crazy, it's the rumor that Phil Spector insisted Veronica place a life-sized dummy of him in the passenger seat of her car. We haven't a clue if this is true or if it ever actually happened, but it characterizes Spector as the exact kind of crazy he was: Megalomaniac.
Taking credit for Scorsese's career
Speaking of megalomania, few people are aware that Phil Spector (combined, perhaps, with John Lennon) is entirely responsible for Martin Scorsese's career. You see, Scorsese's film Mean Streets featured one of Spector's most iconic productions, "Be My Baby," but Scorsese never actually asked Spector if he could use it. According to Phil himself, John Lennon talked him out of suing the pants of off Scorsese, which according to Spector, means he's entirely responsible for Scorsese's career (and De Niro's, too, really). It's unclear, however, whether Spector believes he is directly responsible for other iconic American moments such as the landing on the moon or the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
His hatred of Tony Bennett
One thing we like about watching movies about crazy people is the subtle way filmmakers imply crazy without outright demonstrating it. Spector's story lends itself well to both, especially when you consider his complete and total hatred for (and obsession with) Tony Bennett. All they really need to do is put in lots of random, non-sequitur jabs at Bennett throughout the film.
Pulling a gun on the Ramones
To be honest, there are rumors that Phil Spector pulled a gun on just about every artist he worked with, so the Ramones story can be switched out with pretty much anyone. As far as we can tell, there has never been irrefutable evidence that Spector ever threatened a band with violence if they didn't perform, but clearly there is enough of a chance it's true.
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The murder and the two trials, with all the wigs
Most people remember the crazy version of Phil Spector, the one who wore some wacky wigs to his court dates at which he was being accused of murder. Call us crazy, but it seems like when your sanity is on the line, it might be best to present yourself a little better. Then again, nobody out there isn't calling Spector crazy, so it doesn't really matter. If we're lucky, we'll be treated to some scenes of Pacino decked out in droopy wig, crazy Afro wig and creepy-weird wig, at the very least.