Alex Gibney on What Lance, Enron, and Wall Street Have in Common

Director Alex Gibney Photograph by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Filmmaker Alex Gibney has a thing for liars and sadists, although he swears it’s not an active bias. “It’s a curse,” he says, with a self-deprecating laugh. “It’s not deliberate. But it always seems to come back to the same place.” Best known for his Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), which documented the U.S. use of torture in Afghanistan, the 60-year-old producer-director has upwards of 45 movie credits, including We Steal Secrets: the Story of WikiLeaks (which is not shy about the flaws of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange); Client 9 (on the fall of New York governor/notorious john Eliot Spitzer); and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (which connected the dots of what was not only the largest corporate bankruptcy at the time, but a massive scam).

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