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John Goodman Boards Jack Kevorkian Biopic

Posted: July 13th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Susan Sarandon and John Goodman are set to co-star opposite Al Pacino in "You Don't Know Jack," HBO Films' biopic of Jack Kevorkian, which is being directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Wag the Dog).

Kevorkian, known as Dr. Death, assisted in more than 130 suicides. After willingly sending a video tape of himself euthanizing a terminally ill man to "60 Minutes," he was convicted in 1999 of second-degree murder and spent eight years in prison before getting paroled in 2007.

Loosely based on Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie's book "Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Life and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia," the HBO film follows Kevorkian's (Pacino) rise as he builds his infamous Mercy Machine and sets out to perform assisted suicides while waging an epic legal battles defending a patient's right to die.

Goodman will play Nicol, a friend and co-worker of Kevorkian since 1961 and a steadfast supporter of the right to die. Nicol's medical training as a corpsman and laboratory technician enabled him to assist Kevorkian on many occasions, while his laboratory supply company often provided materials for Kevorkian's efforts.

Sarandon will play Janet Good, an activist with the Hemlock Society who becomes one of Jack's staunchest supporters, working side by side with him to make humane suicide available to the terminally ill and suffering. After she is herself diagnosed with terminal cancer, she avails herself of Kevorkian's services, choosing her own time to die, surrounded by her friends and loved ones.

Source: THR


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Ranger writes:
on July 13th, 2009 at 10:36:38 AM

Whew... when I read the title, I thought: 'What?! Goodman is about 200 lbs. too heavy to play Kevorkian!' Pacino is a dead ringer for Dr. Death though. It would be great(er) were Hollywood to strive for accuracy in this story, as I think there are good arguments for both sides.
vaodsi writes:
on July 13th, 2009 at 3:47:41 PM

^
agreed
bluemeenie writes:
on July 14th, 2009 at 11:39:01 AM

More movie need Goodman in them...
Rich k writes:
on July 14th, 2009 at 1:04:41 PM

Goodman hasnt done anything good lately this will get him back and he is also HUGE, he needs to loose alot of weight for this role

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