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In defense of ‘Phil’

Pacino would rather not comment at HBO's premiere

New York

“Do I know if he’s a murderer or not? I really don’t talk about that actually. It’s not my province,” Al Pacino said at the March 13 preem of HBO’s “Phil Spector.” “I played the part and I don’t take a stand. What authority do I have? I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t.”

The pic unspooled at the Time Warner Center. Later, at the Porter House afterparty, attorney Linda Kenney Baden, played by Helen Mirren in the pic, revealed why she defended Spector in the first trial but not the second. “I had contracted this pneumonia that gives you reactive arthritis and couldn’t work the following year. I’m all better now,” she explained, adding, “I never had a problem working with Phil Spector. I believed in his innocence then and I believe in it now.”

Writer-director David Mamet was missing, grounded on the West Coast due to bronchitis. Mirren was in London performing on stage in “The Audience.”

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