The controversial HBO film ‘Paterno,’ starring Al Pacino as Joe Paterno, is live — and people aren’t shying away from chiming in.
The Paterno family released a statement Saturday indicating that “Numerous scenes, events and dialogues bear no resemblance to what actually transpired."
Check out some notable social media reactions below.
Checking out of social media for a while for obvious reasons. I am not going to be watching the film. I am sure at some point I will, but no rush as it focuses on a period that was as painful as any in my life. Reliving a fictionalized version of it is not something I relish.— Scott Paterno (@ScottPaterno) April 7, 2018
And yes I am wearing a fat suit.— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) April 7, 2018
Actor Greg Grunberg tweeted last night that he wore a fat suit in his portrayal of one of the former Penn State football coach’s son, Scott Paterno.
The guy playing Jerry Sandusky looks JUST him! #Paterno— Mikey Taylor (@MikeyT202) April 8, 2018
I enjoying HBO showing their Paterno special. Oh man...people will be talking about this for a bit.— J. Ramsey (@Jrams307) April 8, 2018
Early issues with "Paterno" on HBO. Sara Ganim would never be openly rooting for Penn State, wearing a PSU hat on the sidelines. Also, you can't confiscate a credentialed photographer's camera in the sidelines.— Doug Russell (@DougRussell) April 8, 2018
POLL: Al Pacino's portrayal of Joe Paterno is...
Thoughts on the 'Paterno':— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) April 8, 2018
- They NAILED Scott Paterno
- Same with Sara Ganim
-- Her cheering seems odd
- Some hilarious inaccuracies
-- Expected, but I'm laughing
- I could spot myself in the crowd
-- Please open me an IMDb page
Pacino's mannerisms are on spot but he doesn't sound nothing like Paterno— keena turner (@EDPSBARNYARDPIG) April 8, 2018
The actor who played Scott Paterno absolutely nailed the role. Unreal— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 8, 2018
Oh wow they actually did cast Guido d'Elia.— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) April 8, 2018
Please, please, please tell me they cast the Willard Preacher. #Paterno
We don’t have turf— Deion Barnes (@DBarnes_18) April 8, 2018
I have no comment on how accurate the Penn State library is in the #Paterno movie or if it is even the real library. Only ever stepped foot in there to avoid the cold.— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) April 8, 2018
Watching the Paterno movie. Biggest provable inaccuracy so far: Matt McGloin's height— Pete Kane (@pete_kane_) April 8, 2018
Just started Paterno with 2 PSU football lettermen + 1 former PSU administrator. This ought to be a trip. #Paterno— Crystal Stryker (@CrystalStryker) April 8, 2018
. @HBO's Paterno is docufiction https://t.co/TGgpsraQN4 @PS4RS @ScottPaterno @JayPaterno @wensilver @CNN @Berkland4 @LouPrato @ChiTownLionPSU @MarkHorgas @PSUParents @psutruthville @Dana3432 @BWIonRivals @JmmyW— Ray Blehar (@RayBlehar) April 7, 2018
Former Penn State and long-time NFL running back Franco Harris retweeted the above tweet.
In addition to the appearance being different, it looks like the location of the Paterno statue seems to be inaccurate. I talked to two of the builders of the statue back in August https://t.co/wnsZUfAIHb— Jack R. Hirsh (@JR_HIRSHey) April 8, 2018
Paterno? Never heard of him— Adriana Lacy (@Adriana_Lacy) April 8, 2018
HBO special Paterno is portraying Paterno’s kids as blithering idiots.— Phil Eterno (@PhilEterno) April 8, 2018
Also, I hate to keep tweeting, but they showed Paterno leaving practice at Beaver Stadium. Practice isn't at Beaver Stadium— Jack R. Hirsh (@JR_HIRSHey) April 8, 2018
They severely underestimated the number of media people around— Brian Prewitt (@brprewitt) April 8, 2018
The cancelled Joe Paterno press conference is when everything really hit the fan and all hell broke loose on the Penn State campus.— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) April 8, 2018
That's a moment/day I'll never forget. Complete chaos after that Jeff Nelson comment to reporters. #Paterno pic.twitter.com/EBSUrrzfgo
They totally twisted that Scott Paterno speech. The students didn’t interrupt him throughout.— DylanCallaghanCroley (@DylanR_CC) April 8, 2018
Watching #Paterno and honestly I'm really only focused on how incredible local reporting was/is (also it's a great production u should see it)— Victoria (@durgin_victoria) April 8, 2018
Seriously, did they even look at campus, the athletic fields, etc.? Like even on Google maps?— Brian Prewitt (@brprewitt) April 8, 2018
#Paterno is not being watched by me since I saw everything that went down when it happened.— Charlie Westmoreland (@ARealSportsMan) April 8, 2018
As I watch "Paterno" on @HBO it still bothers me greatly that Joe PA's life was ruined by sleazebag Sandusky bringing non-PSU kids to campus AFTER HOURS unknown to all & by Mike McQueary who didn't stop the molestation when he heard it! Coward! @penn_state @SafetyPinDaily— Connie M (@cmb1010) April 8, 2018
A few times a generation there are a large group of people who end up on the wrong side of history. Those who defended Joe Paterno fall in that group. #Paterno— Ross Read (@RossRead) April 8, 2018
Everyone at Penn State looks awful one more time in this HBO movie: Paterno, PSU administrators, students. All of them.— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) April 8, 2018
Watching @HBO Paterno. If he’d saved just 1 child from Sandusky pedophile it would have been more valuable than all football wins combined— katie wright (@katiewr31413491) April 8, 2018