In April we learned that the Bernard Madoff investment fraud was being turned into a movie—obviously. I’m not sure if “Madoff: Made Off With America” is the same flick referenced then, but the feature film will begin shooting later this month. In the role of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff will be his New Jersey doppelganger, a newspaper ad executive named Paul Cohen:
Cohen, 64, learned in May that he landed the plum role, beating out 45 other Madoff hopefuls. And in doing so, he also landed his first-ever acting gig. The film’s director, writer and producer, Edmund Druilhet, told The Shmooze that he feels lucky to have found someone who so closely resembles the Ponzi schemer, who is referred to on the film’s Web site as “the Satan of Wall Street.”
“[Cohen] had the best lips,” said Druilhet, who also produced the film “Polanski Unauthorized.” “I have to say he stood out.”
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