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NYFF 2013: How Penn & Teller came to make a movie about Dutch painting
NYFF 2013: How Penn & Teller came to make a movie about Dutch painting

NEW YORK -- When the popular magician and entertainer Penn Jillette walked into the offices of Hollywood executives several years ago to pitch a documentary about the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, he was met with skepticism. After all, Jillette and his partner Teller were known for their cheeky stage act and television work, such as “Penn & Teller: Bull—,” which aired for many years on Showtime. Surely this was a gag? “They thought I was doing some ‘Borat’ act on them,” Jillette said at the New York Film Festival on Thursday. “People would look around for the hidden camera and how I was monkeying with them.” But Jillette was...

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