Perhaps most would file this under “who cares,” but there is a level of amusement about Bernie Madoff critiquing Madoff. Bernie Madoff says that the mini-series is full of lies, which would be funny if not so tragically ironic. But it’s not because Madoff thinks that someone younger, taller, or better looking should have played him (Richard Dreyfuss has that part down), but because it doesn’t represent his life to Madoff’s satisfaction. Blythe Danner as Ruth Madoff was also a great choice.
According to the New York Post, Bernie Madoff has been watching Madoff intently from prison (well, it seems he doesn’t have anything more pressing to do).
“I’m sure it is fruitless to enumerate the numerous fiction and absurd mischaracterization in the ABC movie,” wrote Madoff in an e-mail sent to NBC News from the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.
Everyone is a critic.
“However I have never been one to turn the other cheek. I will just cover those incidents that have drawn queries.”
And because Bernie Madoff has time on his hands, he made a list to share with the press, who likely just finds it amusing that Madoff is spending his time watching Madoff, and writing about it. So about the things Bernie doesn’t like, there is quite a list, provided by the New York Post.
- Madoff claimed he never had an affair with the CFO of a Jewish charity as portrayed in the movie and instead called her a “stalker.”
- He disagreed with the movie’s portrayal of his parents, as shamed by financial ruin: “In fact they were highly regarded in our community. My father was the president of the temple.”
- “I have NEVER slapped my son Mark,” wrote Madoff.
- He insisted that his wife Ruth was never “an officer” in his sham firm.
- “My brother was improperly characterized as pathetic soul,” he wrote of Peter Madoff, who is serving 10 years behind bars. “In reality, Peter was a brilliant and important leader of our market making and proprietary division. His outstanding creation of our technology platform was the envy of wall street.”
But what Madoff doesn’t question is what he has done, and who is chiefly responsible.
“Yes I made a disasterous (sic) business mistake that caused unforgiveable (sic) pain to my family, friends and clients, and will continue to do everything in my power to recover their lost investment principal,” he wrote.
Vanity Fair says that Bernie Madoff knew at the end of the day, nobody would care what he really thought, and that many people would watch out of sheer curiosity. But Madoff insists he has never been known for turning the other cheek, so he put together his list for NBC.
NBC agrees that they received Bernie Madoff’s tips and criticisms of the mini-series Madoff, and figured that he would not let it go without comments. Perhaps what seems to many to be a small thing, whether or not Madoff slapped his grown son Mark is made clearer when people understand that Mark Madoff killed himself by hanging after the whole Ponzi situation hit the fan for the family. NBC says that the mini-series has given Madoff even more reason to engage with the press.
“Madoff is incarcerated at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina where the captured conman now makes $40-a-month pushing a broom in the prisoners’ common area. He is also a frequent emailer who has reached out to reporters in the past about how he has been depicted in the media.”
Bernie Madoff had told CNN Money in the past that he didn’t really enjoy television, and preferred books and newspapers. They are suggesting that he must like it better now that he is being played by Richard Dreyfuss and Robert De Niro in the HBO series.
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