Monday, August 18, 2014

Adrien Brody is "Houdini"

Sneak Peek footage of Oscar winner Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") starring in History's new four-hour scripted dramatic mini-series, "Houdini", airing September 1, 2014:

Brody stars as the 'ace magician',with Kristen Connolly ("House of Cards") as his wife 'Bess', tracing the arc of Houdini's life from poverty to worldwide fame:

"...before 'David Blaine' and 'David Copperfield', there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape - 'Harry Houdini' (aka 'Erik Weisz').

"The new series will follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage...

"...battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era...

"...from US presidents to 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle', author of 'Sherlock Holmes' and believer in 'supernatural spirits', as well as the 'mad mystic' 'Grigori Rasputin'.

"Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, 'Harry Houdini' has been one of my heroes," said Brody. 

"His bravery and obsessive determination still fascinate me. Houdini mastered the art of escape - not only from physical chains, but from poverty and the social constraints of a humble immigrant origin.  His life story appeals to the universal longing for acceptance with which we all can identify. To portray him is beyond an honor..."

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