The movie, loosely based on Kreskin’s career, follows the comeback of an aging mentalist. Sean McGinly, director of the film, was a road manager for Kreskin in 1994 and based his movie off that experience. In a report from the Pocono Record, Kreskin said watching actor John Malkovich’s portrayal was a tad creepy:
“I can’t even explain what it’s like (having a movie based on me). It’s like turning on the computer, or the TV, and someone suddenly says the same remarks you said years ago. And he’s got all your motions and nuances. It’s hard to explain. It’s not shocking, it’s just strange.”
However, the darker, off-stage parts of Malkovich’s portrayal aren’t based on real life, Kreskin said.
“My friends told me that it’s typecasting,” he said. “Some friends I have. But it’s not a biography in any way.” Kreskin was fine with those differences, and was told as much by the movie’s producers when the process began two years ago to make the movie.