De Niro to Play Madoff

Actor to co-produce biopic
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2011 3:50 AM CST
Robert De Niro to Play Bernie Madoff
Perhaps the role explains this hairstyle.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press - Darren Calabrese)

The world’s most notorious Ponzi schemer will soon make his first cinematic appearance—portrayed by Robert De Niro. The actor and his partner, Jane Rosenthal, are producing a Bernie Madoff biopic based on Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family, by Laurie Sandell. The Telegraph reports that HBO bought the rights to the book, which was written with wife Ruth and son Andrew's cooperation and portrays Bernie as a neat freak who fooled around on Ruth. (In other celluloid news: The fraudster isn't the only big-time criminal getting the Hollywood treatment.)

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