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Ben Stiller visits Malone to research prison escape series

July 27, 2017
By JASON CERONE - Special to the News ( , Lake Placid News

MALONE - Actor and director Ben Stiller visited the North Country on Saturday, preparing to shoot his eight-episode Showtime series on the 2015 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

While in Malone, he visited two restaurants, Donovan's and Sansone's. He also visited Alice Hyde hospital and the former True Stitch factory.

When asked what his first reaction to hearing about the escape was, Stiller said, "Wow, I can't believe they actually got out."

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Actor/director Ben Stiller, left, uses his cellphone Saturday, July 22 in Malone while he and a film crew complete research for the upcoming Showtime series about the 2015 Dannemora prison break. At far right is Emmy award-winning film producer Scott Hornbacher.
(Photo provided — Jason Cerone)

Stiller also commented on what made the escape of Dannemora inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat movie material.

"As you get into the whole story, the plot keeps getting deeper and deeper," he said.

Stiller also said that he was interested in the length of time Matt and Sweat spent before the actual escape, conning prison sewing shop supervisor Joyce Mitchell, who was eventually convicted of helping the pair.



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