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Al Pacino Pulls Out of ‘Nazi’ Play Written by Hitler Supporter

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Best known for his roles as Michael Corleone in The Godfather and Tony Montana in Scarface, Al Pacino has recently declined to be involved in a Danish stage adaptation of Hunger.

The Oscar winner had apparently agreed to be the narrator in the play, scheduled to premier at the Bergen International Festival in May 2017, but when he discovered Norwegian author Knut Hamsun’s enthusiasm for Nazi Germany.

“It is correct, he jumped at the last moment because he couldn’t come to terms with Knut Hamsun’s support for the German occupiers and Nazism. We must respect that,” Jon Stephensen, the manager of Aveny-T, revealed.

While Hamsun helped pave the way for psychological literature, even influencing writers like Franz Kafka and Ernest Hemingway, during the German occupation of Norway he became a firm supporter of the Nazis at the age of 80, and became acquainted with many high ranking German officers, like Joseph Goebbels.

After his death, Hamsun even went as far as calling Hitler “a preacher of the gospel of justice for all nations”.

Pacino was set to be filmed over a single day and projected onto stage via 3D animation.


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