Michelle Pfeiffer Opens Up About Tackling ‘Daunting’ Role of Ruth Madoff in ‘Wizard of Lies’

Michelle Pfeiffer talked to Sarah Jessica Parker about her role as Ruth Madoff in HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” — her first time playing a real-life figure.

“It was really daunting,” she said. “It wasn’t until after I had committed to it that it occurred to me that I was playing a real person and it was the first time that I had ever done that, and somebody who had already been through so much tragedy, and I knew was somewhere in the world trying to heal. And I knew this was probably the last thing in the world she would want. Of course, I thought, ‘Can I get out of this?’ And I felt horrible and I couldn’t because I had made a commitment.”

The interview will air in its entirety on Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” Season 6, presented by Shutterstock, which premieres June 13 on PBS SoCal.


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  1. Bill Zardus says:

    I don’t understand why the government created a 4 billion dollar fund to compensate the victims of this Madoff fraud ? When did the government begin insuring bad investments like this or does this only happen when the “victims” have a lot of political influence or does ethnicity make that much difference ? It seems like we have a group of professional victims in this country who are able to turn every bad decision into something positive if they exert enough influence on sympathetic politicians.

    I’m pretty sure if most of these victims were Mexican or Italian there would be no compensation fund because most people would not have the audacity to even ask for this.

    But I doubt the movie will even mention any of this.

  2. Always enjoy hearing about the actors side of the story.