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Being Bernie Madoff

For movie role, it’s in his lips.

Jesse Oxfeld
June 05, 2009
Actor, left; subject, right.(Forward)
Actor, left; subject, right.(Forward)

In the most successful look-alike casting of a notorious Jew since Ron Silver portrayed Alan Dershowitz in Reversal of Fortune, movie producer Edmund Druilhet—the man who also brought you Polanski Unauthorized—has found his star for Madoff: Madoff with America, the Forward is reporting today. Meet Jersey City, N.J., resident Paul Cohen, who’ll go out there a newspaper ad-sales exec and come back a star. It’s his first acting role, Cohen told the paper. But Druilhet picked him for other reasons: “[Cohen] had the best lips,” the producer said.

Jesse Oxfeld, a former executive editor and publisher of Tablet Magazine, is a freelance theater critic. He was The New York Observer’s theater critic from 2009 to 2014.