Louise Linton plays murderous, sex-obsessed hedge fund manager in her writer-director debut
Louise Linton, wife of former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, dropped a trailer this week for her new movie “Me You Madness,” a dark comedy where she portrays a murderous, sex-crazed hedge fund manager.
The film, which is also Linton’s screenwriting and directorial debut, centers on a character named Catherine Black, a Malibu businesswoman “addicted to fashion, the accumulation of money, exercise and sex.”
“You may think that I’m a materialistic, narcissistic, self-absorbed misanthrope. I don’t deny it,” she says in the trailer, taking off in an Aston Martin.
Her love interest is “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick, a man looking to rent a room in her house who ultimately betrays and robs her.
As she dances around to “Footloose,” Linton-as-Black is revealed as a ruthless killer who plans to violently take her revenge.
Described by The New York Times as a “sort of cinematic middle finger to the haters,” the film follows Linton’s rocky tenure in Washington while her husband served in the Trump administration.
A former hedge fund manager himself, Mnuchin was an ex-Goldman Sachs banker and Hollywood film producer worth an estimated $400 million when the couple came to D.C.
The Scottish-born actress also faced backlash after she posted a photo on Instagram showing her leaving a government plane while on a trip to Kentucky with Mnuchin and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). In the post, she included hashtags for the expensive brands she was wearing, such as #rolandmouret, #hermesscarf, #tomford and #valentino.
She went on an apology tour and quietly attempted to keep her name out of the headlines, directing her attention instead to being an animal welfare activist as her husband continued his term in the federal government.
“I think I got a slap on the wrist for doing a stupid social media post, and I deserved it,” she told The Hill last year.
However, she now tells the Times that she “definitely felt censored.”
“I didn’t know what I was allowed to be,” Linton said. “You can’t wear this. You can’t do that. You start to feel a little nervous to do anything. I spent plenty of days in a curled-up little ball, just crying and not understanding.”
She said writing and playing the character of Catherine Black gave her an “extraordinary sense of freedom and fun.”
Linton said her movie was financed by “friends and family” but would not divulge how much it cost.
“There will be people who love it and people who hate it,” Linton said. “But I don’t care what people say. I’m proud of my little film. It’s a potpourri of silliness.”
“Me You Madness” will be available on demand on Feb. 12.
— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) January 28, 2021
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