De Niro ex­plores Mad­off fraud

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Los An­ge­les

Robert De Niro may play the role of Bernie Mad­off, the­man­be­hind the big­gest stock-mar­ket fraud in his­tory in HBO’s The Wizard of Lies, but that doesn’t mean he un­der­stands him.

“What he did is be­yond my com­pre­hen­sion,” says the Os­car-win­ning ac­tor, who has played his share of crim­i­nals.

The HBO TV film, which will be broad­cast in May, fea­tures Michelle Pfeif­fer asMad­off’s wife, Ruth, and is helmed by Barry Levin­son, the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor be­hind RainMan, Bugsy and Good Morn­ing, Viet­nam.

For nearly 20 years, Mad­off, now 78, was a Wall Street su­per­star. He or­ches­trated the huge pyra­mid scheme that fraud­u­lently took in any­where be­tween $23 bil­lion and $65 bil­lion.

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