I have yet to see it myself – hampered by as I am by a full diary and a dislike of movie violence – but I am enjoying reading all about the new movie “The Infiltrator”, based on the memoirs of undercover DEA operative Robert Mazur and starring Bryan Cranston (who earned his money laundering chops in “Breaking Bad”). Mazur talked about his experiences on a recent edition of Radio 4’s “Today” programme (thanks for spotting this, Jason in Guernsey).
I myself have come across a fascinating website that compares movies to the original stories on which they are based (and the actors to the characters they play), and they’ve had a look at “The Infiltrator”. Don’t look at it if you’re planning to see the movie and haven’t already read the book – there are plot spoilers! Sadly, as many other people will find this website as they hunt for information about the movie, it ruins things by getting the basics wrong: money laundering is not “the practice of moving traceable tainted cash (drug money, etc.) into a variety of accounts or businesses that appear legitimate”. If only it were that simple and still limited to cash.
And should you now wish to invite Robert Mazur to speak about his experiences, he has his own website (which makes mine look jolly tame). Quite how this publicity ties in with his need for discretion (“Robert Mazur has received death threats from the cartels, forcing him to keep his appearance concealed”) I am not sure – perhaps he sends Bryan Cranston along instead.