The 32-year-old wife of Phil Spector has spoken out against the new HBO David Mamet film based on her husband's life.
The film stars Al Pacino as Spector, who is serving 19 years to life for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Rachelle Spector met her husband after that 2003 shooting death, marrying him in 2006. She feels the film is a miscarriage of justice and says that is why it is being billed as fiction.
"It's pretty much to cover their own butts from getting sued," she said, "because it's not accurate to depict him gun-waving and swearing and yelling. I don't know where they come up with these things."
The film portrays Spector as a "gun nut," including an episode where he fired bullets into a studio ceiling while recording a John Lennon album.
"It didn't happen," she said about the incident. "What's kind of disturbing is the closeness of the relationship between Al and Helen Mirren [who plays Spector's attorney]. Because that relationship was not that close. So that was kind of a fail. I don't know why they started out with her thinking he was guilty, because she always thought he was innocent beyond a reasonable doubt."
While that part of the movie is apparently bullcrap, there are other parts Mrs. Spector likes, specifically a scene that suggests Spector should have had more blood matter on him if he shot Clarkson in the mouth.
"What they were trying to do is build it up to show the forensic demonstrations that actually weren't admitted to the courtroom, which was great," she said. "They really could've taken it to the next level if they'd just met with him. They should have focused on the music."
Because the music is what everyone will be watching to see, right?