Alessandro Nivola Q&A: ‘The Wizard of Lies’
“The way in which the facts are played fast and loose these days couldn’t be more apt,” divulges Alessandro Nivola during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about the relevancy of his new film “The Wizard of Lies.” “The title of the movie kind of says it all really.” This HBO production chronicles Bernie Madoff‘s (Robert De Niro) Ponzi scheme, which defrauded his clients out of billions of dollars. Nivola plays Mark Madoff, Bernie’s son who committed suicide in 2010. The film was directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Hank Azaria.
The actor admits he knew very little about the real Mark before taking on the role. “Everybody seems to have an opinion about the sons,” he explains. While, “most people think they were guilty,” Nivola, “was coming at it with innocent eyes. To me, really, whether or not he was involved in the Ponzi scheme wasn’t important to me. It was much more important that I understand what kind of a person he was and emotionally how he handled the whole situation,” as well as, “what his relationship was like with his father.”
Nivola won a SAG Ensemble award for “American Hustle” (2013). He’s known mostly for his film work, including “Coco Before Chanel,” “A Most Violent Year,” and “Selma.” He was also nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 as Best Featured Actor in a Play for “The Elephant Man.” Could he receive his first Emmy nomination this year? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “The Wizard of Lies.”