Even as literati across the land process the information that F-bomb spewing, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet is “no longer a “brain-dead liberal” but rather a “newly-minted conservative” — as he spells out in his new book, “The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture” — the next question becomes clear. How is his self-proclaimed conversion going to impact his interactions with all his liberal show business colleagues?
Mamet is already speculating that he won’t get as much work in the future as he skewers idealogy and institutions the leftward-leaning hold dear along his caustic jaw dropper of a book tour. (NPR stands for “National Palestinian Radio,” for instance, and college is “socialist camp.”)
But how about right now? He’s supposed to be making his Phil Spector movie starring Al Pacino, Bette Midler and Jeffrey Tambor for the gang at HBO, a place not known for a preponderance of Glenn Beck fans. The yet-untitled movie about the iconic record producer-turned-second degree murder convict is in preproduction with plans for filming to take place in July and August, with Barry Levinson producing. Mamet is writer-director on the project.
Interestingly, Mamet tipped his hand last year, when he told New York magazine that he considers Spector innocent of the 2003 killing of Lana Clarkson in the case involving sex play and a gun. He told the mag that while watching a documentary about the deadly event, he found himself thinking, “There’s no way he killed that girl. He got convicted of ‘I don’t like you.’ ”
Wanna bet that Pacino, Levinson et. al are wishing they had the old Mamet back?