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Writer David Mamet criticized for Phil Spector remarks

June 16, 2011 |  9:15 am

Spectorincourt Friends of the actress killed by music producer Phil Spector have challenged a famous writer over his pending movie project about the case.

Edward Lozzi, on behalf of the group Friends of Lana Clarkson, took aim Thursday at comments attributed to famed playwright and director David Mamet in a British publication.

Mamet is expected to write and direct a film that would star Al Pacino as Spector and Bette Midler as Spector's attorney, according to industry reports.

"This film may be a valentine for a convicted murderer and 40-year gun abuser," states a letter that Lozzi said was written by the core group of Clarkson's friends.

Those fears were sparked in large measure by comments published June 10 in the Financial Times.

"I don't think he's guilty," the article quotes Mamet saying of Spector. "I definitely think there is reasonable doubt. ... They should never have sent him away. Whether he did it or not, we'll never know but if he'd just been a regular citizen, they never would have indicted him."

Spector was convicted in the 2003 shooting death of Clarkson at his home. Clarkson's friends have long accused Spector's attorneys of painting a defamatory picture of her in an attempt to exonerate their client.

A statement from Lozzi describes Friends of Lana Clarkson as "her girlfriends, boyfriends, hairdressers, agents, managers, casting directors, producers, make-up artists, church-goers and a select group of media reporters."

The letter to Mamet's representatives characterizes the film project as "so wrong and so insensitive in so many ways to the people who knew and loved Lana Clarkson. We are requesting that Mr. Mamet have the good sense and courtesy to write a factual and entertaining film concerning the facts. He does not need to rewrite history so soon. It will back-fire on him."

In an interview, Lozzi said the letter was delivered by email Tuesday and should have arrived by first-class mail Wednesday. He said he has received no response.

"We've offered to look at the script and work with David Mamet," Lozzi said.

Mamet's representative in Los Angeles could not be reached for comment.

The Financial Times article on Mamet also describes the writer's disillusionment with liberal politics.

Mamet is quoted as saying he's "crazy about" conservative favorite Sarah Palin: "Would she make a good candidate for president? I don't know, but she seems to have succeeded at everything she put her hand to."


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Photo: Phil Spector. Credit: Damian Dovarganes/ AFP/Getty Images