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Deadline Hollywood: Robert De Niro Talks Bernie Madoff & Donald Trump at TCA

…participating with De Niro in an improvised interview scene was surreal. “Bob is having to answer those questions extemporaneously, out of Bernie Madoff’s brain.”

Recent discussion at the The Television Critics Association shed some light on how De Niro “became” Madoff for HBO’s upcoming adaptation of The Wizard of Lies. Read the full article here.

Spear’s Article Profiles Madoff Victim

“Henriques is also wary of the inability of jurisdictions to provide resolution: ‘This case just underscores how ill-equipped the judicial and bankruptcy systems are to cope with a global cross-border fraud. Haggling between jurisdictions takes centre stage before the victims ever get heard, particularly between the UK bankruptcy process and the US bankruptcy process.'”

Read the full article.

Henriques: “I’ve Been Cast for a Role in HBO Madoff Film”

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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!

HBO’s “Wizard of Lies” Gains Momentum

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.

23rd Annual ACFE Fraud Conference & Exhibition: Interview

“It is essential that all of us, especially fraud fighters, understand how ordinary a Ponzi schemer’s personality can seem. Because we only define them as Ponzi schemers in hindsight, it is very hard for us to put ourselves back into the pre-revelation mindset to appreciate what made these characters so appealing. A scholar whose work I admire described a Ponzi schemer as someone who can perfectly impersonate an honest person.”

Read full interview.