The road to my HBO film debut (playing myself in its adaptation of The Wizard of Lies) began with coffee with the executive producers in mid-July 2015. After our long conversation, they suggested to Barry Levinson that I should be asked to audition to play myself in the scenes where a character named “Diana B. Henriques” interviews Madoff in prison. I got the call a few weeks later: Would I consider doing a screen test for the role? Of course, I would! After a second audition and discussions about the filming, I got the part.
It is surreal to play oneself in a theatrical environment. Dick Cavett had a wonderful reaction to that experience — you can read it here. The challenge is not to “play” oneself but to just “be” oneself when everyone else is playing a role. But scary as it is — and accepting that I could wind up on some cutting room floor — this once-in-a-lifetime chance was just too exciting to pass up!
We’re excited to see the press about HBO’s adaptation of The Wizard of Lies: Michelle Pfeiffer will appear with Robert De Niro; and Barry Levinson is slated to direct the film. Here’s a few recent articles:
HBO’s Madoff movie just got even more star-studded (Business Insider)
Michelle Pfeiffer Joins Robert De Niro in HBO Films’ Bernie Madoff Project (Variety)
Michelle Pfeiffer to play Bernie Madoff’s wife in HBO’s Wizard of Lies (Entertainment Weekly)
Also, see my thoughts on being asked to appear in the movie.
“…jurors rejected the former employees’ central defense: that only Mr. Madoff had known the evil purpose behind the chores he told them to carry out, while they had simply trusted for decades in the honesty of a man widely known and respected on Wall Street”
“…five years later, many of his victims are still waiting to learn if they will recover even a small fraction of the wealth they lost. And some anxious investors, who withdrew much more than they put into their Madoff accounts, are facing lawsuits that seek to reclaim profits that, unknown to them, were paid with stolen money.”
The largest category of victims in the vast Ponzi scheme run by Bernard L. Madoff — those who lost cash through accounts with various middleman funds — will be first in line for compensation from a $2.35 billion fund collected by the Justice Department.
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From an interview on Here & Now with Robin Young & Jeremy Hobson, WBUR Boston public radio:
Link to page on WBUR site.
“We could think of no one who meets this criteria more than Diana,” said Kevin Noblet, chair of the selection committee. “Her investigative reporting sets a high standard for all of us in terms of rigor and relevance. And she has been so generous to those who ask her help to become better professionals.”
Read full story here.