Matt Damon to Portray Con-Man Doctor in Upcoming Drama CHARLATAN
Variety reports that Matt Damon will take on the role of John R. Brinkley, described as "a real-life 20th century DOCTOR WHO conned his patients into thinking that he had discovered the cure to impotence", in the upcoming drama CHARLATAN.
The indie project is based on Pope Brock's best-selling 2008 non-fiction book, "Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam." The screenplay will be adapted by The writing team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien will pen the screenplay.
According to Variety, "Brinkley opened a clinic in Kansas in 1918 with the promise of restoring male virility (among curing other ailments) using a quack surgery involving the implantation of goat testicles. The scheme quickly made him rich, until he was accused in court of the deaths of several of his patients from BOTCHED procedures."
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