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Mark Lanier ... Movie Star? Lawyer Plays Himself in Film Based on Antitrust Case

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A Houston lawyer is getting positive reviews in a new movie in which he pretty much plays himself.

Although based on an actual case, Puncture is “a loose conglomeration of several cases with plenty of Hollywood mixed in,” the trial lawyer tells the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, which links to old New York Times coverage of the $100 million syringe antitrust case that inspired the fictional version.

As to his own, supporting role, Lanier notes that he plays an attorney with the same name as himself, appearing in three scenes.

Co-scripted by attorney Paul Danzinger, who represented a plaintiff nurse in the syringe case, the film is getting good reviews, as is Lanier’s cameo performance.

Movieline: “Chris Evans and the Kassen Brothers Talk Puncture, Captain America and the Tribeca Film Festival

The Pop Tort: “Puncture and the Importance of Trial Lawyer Stories”

ScreenCrave: “Tribeca 2011: Puncture movie review”

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