Ben Stiller's recently released mini-series, Escape at Dannemora is turning quite a few heads these days. The Showtime limited series is receiving rave reviews but apparently, Joyce Mitchell is not happy with it.
Escape at Dannemora is based on the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape and premiered last month. The seven-episode limited series follows the story of two inmates -- Richard Matt and David Sweat, who were discovered missing during a morning bed check at the maximum security facility.
During that time, Richard Matt was serving 25 years to life and David Sweat was serving life without parole. Both the inmates were sentenced for murder. As per the reports, both the prisoners had dug a tunnel out of the prison, with the tools they obtained from two cooperating prison employees. As per the official plot of the limit TV series, both the convicted murderers were aided in escape by "a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled."
Joyce Mitchell, the former prison employee, who is now behind bars herself for her alleged crimes (mentioned above) recently told The New York Post that she believes Ben Stiller-directed TV show is nothing but lies.
"I never had sex with them," she said in a jailhouse interview. "Ben Stiller is a son-of-a-b***h liar just like the rest of the world. He doesn't care about the truth. All he cares about is making millions off me. He's an idiot."
During an extensive manhunt, Matt was found three months after in New York, where he was shot and killed. Sweat, on the other hand, was found just two days after that and taken into custody. Mitchell, on the other hand, is currently behind bars and her parole has been rejected twice.
After Joyce Mitchell's claims surfaced online, Ben Stiller has come out in his defense and explained that his TV show is not a documentary per se and they had to create scenes on us inferring what the team believed to be the truth.
"This was a story I wanted to tell in as full a way as possible and really tried to take into account the context of the world that everyone was living in. And the reality of what it means to be a worker in a prison and the situation that everybody deals with up there in that part of the state. I was just trying to tell the story in as real and hopefully as entertaining a way as possible without exploiting," Stiller told Deadline.