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Fabricating a Ponzi Schemer's Digs For Tower Heist

A none-too-thinly-veiled play on the Bernie Madoff scandal, Brett Ratner's upcoming flick Tower Heist required a suitable superluxe penthouse for the billionaire Ponzi schemer. Apparently, Madoff's own Upper East Side penthouse—which sold last year for $8M—was unavailable for filming and nothing at the Trump International Tower, shown in the exterior shots, proved silver-screen worthy. So the set designers created the antagonist's glassy aerie on a sound stage, using greenscreens to fake the spectacular views, commissioning copies of 20th-century masterworks by Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon, Cy Twombly, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and even parking a replica Ferrari in the middle of the living room (above). Why all the fakery? Well, the real version of that Ferrari reportedly sold for $10M in 2007. That's a little pricey, even by Hollywood standards. Head over to Arch Digest to check out even more snaps of the shyster's appropriately fake interiors.
· On the Sets of Tower Heist [Architectural Digest]
· We All Just Sold Bernie Madoff's Penthouse, At a Discount [Curbed NY]