Twenty years after becoming one of America’s most polarizing figures, Jack Kevorkian returns to the media limelight Saturday in an HBO film about his crusade to help the terminally ill die.
But as the title suggests, “You Don’t Know Jack” aims to give Americans a very different portrait of the man once vilified in newspapers and television broadcasts as Dr. Death.
Al Pacino plays the former pathologist who helped 130 patients end their lives over a 10-year period before being sent to prison in 1999 for second-degree murder.
“Jack Kevorkian is a person you think you know. But at the end of the story, you find yourself saying ‘He’s different than I would have thought he would be,’ ” Pacino said recently.
But the Oscar-winning actor didn’t meet Kevorkian, now 81 and out of prison, before filming began.