Messenger-Inquirer from Owensboro, Kentucky on December 21, 1973 · 25
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Messenger-Inquirer from Owensboro, Kentucky · 25

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-I - I ' - ' S Has gone 'from Mafioso to honest cop' acino seeks role with character NEW YORK (AP) - Al Pa-Tino who would rather act on stage, but is best known for "taking over a Mafia family when the don died in "The Godfather," is now playing an hon-est cop in the movie "Serpico." The film is about a real person, Frank Serpico, deals with equally real corruption in the New York City Police Department and was shot this summer in New York, with full cooperation from the city and the n AL PACINO, who just finished a role as an honest cop in the movie 'Serpico,' flashes a relaxed smile while talking about resuming his Mafia role in the upcoming Godfather II. Pacino plays Frank Serpico in the film account of an honest cop who cam-- paigned against corruption in New York. Pacino claims that por- traying opposite roles in succession poses no real problems. (AP Photo) Studios have mixed energy crisis reactions LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the movie industry, the nation's energy crisis is both good news .and bad news. ; Movie studios are faced with the same shortages that every -industry and every citizen is forced to deal with. Studios, ZWhen they are in full production, are heavy users of elec--tricity; The Burbank Studios, home of Warner Brothers and "Columbia, is the second heaviest user of electricity in the city of Burbank, following Lockheed Aircraft. Film companies also use a lot of gasoline, especially in these days when directors like to shoot on real locations instead of the back lot. Most film executives believe they will be able to maintain full production under the energy limitations. "We have managed on a voluntary basis to reduce our power usage by 30 per cent," reports Robert Hagel, general manager of The Burbank Studios. "And we have had only a 60 per cent implementation of our program. We hope we can bring it down to 40 per cent." Another element of the bad news is year-round Daylight Savings Time. The film industry has long opposed the extra hour of daylight on the basis that people stay outdoors longer and don't go to theaters as much. Drive-ins are the hardest hit, since they require darkness for projection. "We don't yet know what the effects of year-around Daylight Savings will be," says Robert Selig, chairman of the drive-in committee of the National Association of Theater Owners. "As far as winter is concerned, we think we can live with it." He pointed out that many drive-ins in the north shut down in the winter. It remains to be seen how much the spring and fall seasons will be affected. Selig said that development of the containment screen, which would allow outdoor projection in daylight, is being hurried. On the plus side, many industry figures are hopeful that the energy crisis will actually increase theater business. They point out that in other times of crisis depressions and wars- people have flocked to the movies. "People are not going to be able to travel as much," says one veteran observer. "A lot of other luxuries will be cut down, and people will turn to their neighborhood or downtown movie houses for entertainment." Veteran producer Mike Frankovich "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" believes the shortages will have a healthy effect on production. police department. Out of a $4 million budget, plus such thoroughness that 5,-000 actors were auditioned for 107 speaking parts, comes a movie that producer Martin Bregman predicts will be as big as "On the Waterfront." He says, "It's the same kind of fight one man who couldn't accept a system that was corrupt." As a New York City policeman, Serpico refused to accept money from gambling and narcotics operations, as the cops he worked with were doing, and he also did everything he could to make police and city bigwigs aware of the practice. Bergman, who decided to make the picture as soon as he read Peter Maas's first chapter for his book, "Serpico," doesn't put the film in a cops and rob bers category. "There s no chase in this. Nobody gets killed. We're telling about an honest man who felt he had to forge ahead; one man has to carry the spear. 'The French Connection' was a cops and robbers film, heavily romanticized, bigger than life. "Frank wasn't a supercop. He didn't shoot it out with Joe Gallo. He was an average guy who couldn't accept a system that was corrupt. He couldn't get any officials to listen to him and he took one last, stupid shot that shouldn't have worked but it did work for him he went to the New York Times. At that point he felt he would be killed anyway and he wanted to get it pn the record. They've uncovered larger corruption in the Police Department, but it's the first time a cop ever testified against another cop." Bregman may be proud that crews took trees out and replanted them later, giving the movie a spare, winter look, but for Al Pacino whatever unavoidable circumstances forced the movie to be shot during a New York heat wave gave him his biggest problem. "The makeup man put some special stuff on us so our faces wouldn't sweat. It's very refreshing and it dries you. He comes around with a rag just before they shoot. It's very difficult when you're getting prepared to do a scene and a guy is coming around to wipe your face off. "One time I was on a roof in winter clothes, gloves and hat and I sat on a chair to rest and it sunk into the tar, at an angle, and it was at the edge of the roof. But we go through those things, don't we?" Pacino warns that he doesn't have much to say in an interview, then goes on to say a great deal, charmingly. When he first met Serpico, he says, he decided to do the picture, even before he read the script. "I knew there was something there." Serpico, who lives now in Europe, was in the United States to spend time with the actor. Pacino says, "You know, in the theater, which I'm really involved in mostly and where I come from, your source is usually the material, and the better the material the better the source. In a film, it gets tough. Frank was my source. I didn't imitate him, but I related to him. "Unfortunately our relationship was vague at the end. It's not like how we pick and choose our friends; we were put together out of an unnatural situation. "Gene Hackman and I in Scarecrow' are two people who would never cavort or do things together. We were forced into this situation and that can be difficult sometimes. Pacino, 33, has made four films, the first being "Panic in Needle Park." Next he'll be in "Godfather II," a sequel fo "The Godfather" which will include flashbacks of the life of Don Vito Corleone, played by Robert de Niro instead of Brando. There is no problem for Pacino in playing a Mafioso and an honest cop. "I don't think of it in terms of the social significance of the picture. I'm always involved in who the character is and how the machinations of his personality come out." DELIVERY 10 FACTORY I WORK CREWS HEAL-TO-GO 1629 W. 9th St. 926-9320 This Week's SUPPERTIME SPECIAL (after 3) WEINERS (2) & SAUERKRAUT WHIPPED POTATOES TOGO BARBECUED BEANS $ SLAW CURN BKIAU "Grace Brown is cooking'' 1.00 MOOSE CHRISTMAS DANCE Saturday, Dec. 22, 1973 featuring W. H. McCrady and "The Country Tones" NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE Presented By Owensboro Jaycees Music by "The Reflections" December 31, 1973 National Guard Armory 9:30 P.M. - 1:30 A.M. Advance Tickets Only! On Sale At Greene's Pharmacy, Barney's Grill, Jug Shop and Ray's IGA Msr "1 dJ BURGER QUEEN A Great New Gift Suggestion From Burger Queen! 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