Today Show: Adrien Brody Houdini
Oscar winner Adrien Brody came by the Today Show to discuss his new miniseries Houdini, where he plays Harry Houdini. Tamron Hall asked him what drew him to the role. Adrien Brody said that he was fascinated with magic as a kid and Harry Houdini was one of the people who inspired him.
“He is the epitome of the American Dream. He is someone who has escaped not only the confines of the physical shackles but the shackles that keep down the impoverished people,” Adrien Brody said. He went on to say that Harry Houdini really represented a lot to the working class and was a great symbol at the time.
Today Show: Adrien Brody Harry Houdini
Adrien Brody said that Harry Houdini was really driven and created a lot of things. He said that Houdini understood marketing better than anyone at that time. Harry Houdini would make an announcement in the newspaper and people would come check it out. For example, he would declare he was going to jump off a bridge covered in shackles and people would show up to see it. Adrien Brody said that if he lived today in the age of Twitter, he would be a big sensation, too. Adrien Brody said that at the time, him and Charlie Chaplin were the big sensations.
Today Show: Adrien Brody Magic Trick
Adrien Brody did a magic trick from his childhood on the Today Show. He asked Tamron Hall to hold a pencil in both of her hands. She held the pointy end in one hand and the eraser end in the other, making a fist around both ends. Adrien Brody stood up and took out an ordinary dollar bill. He folded the dollar bill and said he was going to slice the pencil in half. It took him several tries, but he finally did it.
This was all the more impressive because Adrien Brody said he hadn’t done this trick since he was 11 years old. But how do you break a pencil with a dollar bill? I don’t know how he did it.