Dr. Death Hits the Big Screen
Paging Dr. Kevorkian

The red carpet was out, the lights were flashing, and the celebs were all pulling up in their SUVs to the Ziegfield Theatre on Wednesday for the premiere of the HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack

Cast members including Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, and John Goodman were all in attendence. The biggest surprise of the night was when a car pulled up and out came Dr. Death himself, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, whom the movie is based upon.   

For those of you who may not know the background of the story, Jack Kevorkian was a right-to-die activist who aided in the suicides of at least 130 terminal-ill patients.  Throughout his lifetime, he has been in and out of jail for his services that were not found illegal in the state of Michigan until 1998 where he publicly aired his assistance of injecting a patient representing voluntary euthanasia. Kevorkian wanted to challenge prosecutors attemping to show that he will not be stopped. However, Dr. Death as he was publicly named, spent 8 1/2 years in jail for second-degree homicide.  He was released in 2007 and began to speak out again about his practices.

Last night, however, I attended a private screening of the movie courtesy of HBO and Entertainment Weekly. I'm not going to talk too much about the movie since it doesn't hit television until April 24th, but I really enjoyed the story of the Doctor. Al Pacino gave another stellar performace playing Kevorkian. 

Throughout the movie, I had mixed feelings about Kevorkian's "medical service." However, you later learn that he began taking his assistance too far challenging authorities. He appeared to have made the actual assistance more about himself instead of the patients. The movie will be out next week so let me know what you think.

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