It’s Amazing Watching Damian Lewis Say the Lines That You Wrote
by Diti Kohli | Boston Globe | May 15, 2020
Last summer, Boston bookworms learned that hometown author Ben Mezrich was joining the New York City writers’ room for “Billions.” The hit Showtime series centers on insider trading and financial crimes, subjects particularly fitting for Mezrich. The fifth season premiered earlier this month. The episode Mezrich specifically masterminded airs Sunday at 9 p.m.
“Billions” marks Mezrich’s first venture into television. For decades, his successful writing career centered on nonfiction books including “Bringing Down the House” (adapted into the 2008 movie “21″) and 2009’s “Accidental Billionaires” (adapted into 2010′s “The Social Network”). Mezrich is also the writer behind “The Mechanic,” a novella currently being serialized by the Boston Globe (the final chapter appears Sunday). The Globe chatted with Mezrich by phone Friday about making “Billions” and his future in TV.
Q. How did you get involved with “Billions”?