Playwrights Nazi sympathies turn off Pacino

Al Pacino decided to pull out of a play due to the playwright’s support for Hitler and Nazi Germany.

The actor made the decision last week not to participate in a stage adaptation of “Hunger,” by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, the Telegraph reported. The play was to be produced by the Aveny-T theater in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“He jumped at the last minute because he couldn’t come to terms with Knut Hamsun’s support for the German occupation and Nazism,” Jon Stephensen, Aveny-T’s manager, told Denmark’s BT newspaper. “We must respect that.”

Pacino had been scheduled to appear in Copenhagen for a 3-D filming of him narrating the play, which the theater planned to use during performances, according to the Telegraph.

Hamsun in his 70s and 80s was a supporter of Nazi Germany, according to the newspaper, and backed the German occupation of Norway during World War II. After Hitler died, Hamsun wrote in an obituary that Hitler was “a preacher of the gospel of justice for all nations.” — jta


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