Adrien Brody to fulfill dreams by playing Harry Houdini in History miniseries

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Actor Adrien Brody is finally fulfilling his long-time dream of playing Harry Houdini, as he is all set to appear as the legendary magician and escapist on History channel’s two-part miniseries this September.

Of his latest feat, Brody told TV Guide, “I spent a lifetime poring over magic books and loving magicians. My mother’s a photographer and she’s photographed Penn and Teller at Houdini’s grave. I’ve visited his grave, it’s in my neighborhood. He’s been present somehow in my life.”

“He was a very heroic person to me as a boy,” the 39-year-old actor added. “What he represented to me then was a real bravery and a fearlessness. I think what magic represents is this ability to kind of defy the laws of nature.”

One of Houdini’s best known stunts involved being bound in locked iron chains, jumping off a high bridge and managing to escape. The miniseries shows the famed artist’s stunts, and also gives focus to his relationship with wife Bess.

In his own life, he overcame the shackles of poverty. He came from an immigrant family that certainly faced anti-Semitism,” Brody said. “But he broke free of all that. By his skill and determination he became an iconic American performer. He embodied the American dream. I think that’s what he represented to all people, but maybe most importantly to the working class. He stood for overcoming all the challenges, surmounting all the obstacles.”

Brody is known for playing deep and complex roles such as a ventriloquism enthusiast in the 2002 comedy drama “Dummy” and as the Polish-Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman in the Roman Polanski’s autobiographical film “The Pianist,” which won the actor an Oscar award for Best Actor in 2003.

“Houdini,” starring Brody, Kristen Connoly, Eszter Ónodi and Tom Benedict Knight, will air on History on September 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. E.T.

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