De Niro explores Madoff fraud
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.