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Hayden Panettiere talks about playing Amanda Knox in the Lifetime TV movie

Hayden Did Hayden Panettiere hesitate before taking on the starring role in the TV movie "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," which airs tonight on Lifetime? Panettiere tells the Times she literally screamed with joy, thrilled to be offered a part so different from her usual clean-cut roles (such as the cheerleader on "Heroes").

But the controversy swirling around the TV movie has been intense. Knox -- an American college student who was charged in December 2009 with the murder of her roommate while studying abroad in 2007 -- is serving a 26-year sentence in an Italian prison but is appealing her conviction. Knox's family and friends feel the film could prejudice the jury and have been trying to block the movie from airing.

Panettiere said, "I've definitely gotten harsh questions, but then I talk about the fact that the movie is very fact-driven and classy." She also noted, "I wasn't sleeping during production because I was nervous. When you’re playing a person that’s actually alive, you want to portray them well."

Panettiere talks more about playing Amanda Knox in this feature.

 Photo: Hayden Panettiere. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.

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Why is it that the movie industry like other forms of the media loves to glorify criminals and make them into a form of entertainment. With all of the bad things going on in this world that are on the news anyway, it's really sickening that people whose families are torn apart by the crimes these people have committed have to re-live this terrible tragedy in their lives by the media making the perpetrators out to be heroes. Give us DECENCY and REAL heroes in movies for once and stop this insanity and glorifying real life criminals this way.


I call her Hayden Planetarium.

Hayden Panetteirie should be ashamed of her self centered self. Amanda Knox is a victim of an over zealous prosecution in Italy. I Hayen had any brain or ounce of sensitivity she would not be playing this part and exploiting this innocent victim.
Unbelievable what these people will do for money at another innocent persons expense. She should do her research and realize that the Italian people convicted her purely on circumstantial evidence.

I think they did a great job on the movie. The movie is very factual. I think Amanda is innocent but not because of this movie. There is no proof she was there during the murder. The judge seems very corrupt.


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