Last night at the Los Angeles Film Festival, LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan hosted a panel discussion about the late director Sidney Lumet. Joining him at the front of LA Live’s Regal Cinemas Theater 12 were actor Andy Garcia, composer Quincy Jones, and writer-producer Frank Pierson, who won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award in 1975 for the Lumet drama Dog Day Afternoon.
That movie was originally intended to be more comedic. In fact, in the Columbia Pictures executive suite, it was dismissively nicknamed The Boys in the Bank. But everything changed one day when Pierson and Lumet were confronted by the sight of star Al Pacino, trying to make his point very dramatically by walking around on all fours and barking like a dog. “True story,” Pierson reminded.