HBO released the first trailer of Ivy Meeropol’s documentary ‘Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn’.
The documentary, which was well received at the 2019 New York Film Festival, offers another look at the life of the infamous lawyer who prosecuted Meeropol’s grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and then advocated their execution.
‘Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn’ digs up archival material and audiotapes to paint a picture of Cohn’s life in the late 1950s when he was Senator Joseph McCarthy’s chief advisor, as well as in the late 1980s when he was inside the Reagan White House serving as an anti-homosexual activist and political mentor before dying of AIDS in 1986.
The documentary also features interviews that include John Waters, Alan Dershowitz, Cindy Adams, Nathan Lane, and Tony Kushner.
“Roy Cohn became famous for prosecuting and promoting the execution of my grandparents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg,” Meeropol said. “Years later, Cohn became the lawyer, mentor, and friend of Donal Trump. If there’s any time to reflect on how we got here, it’s now. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to share this film with the HBO audience.”
‘Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn’ will premiere on HBO on June 19, and will soon follow on HBO Max. The producers of the documentary are Motto Pictures and Red 50 Productions. Executive production is handled by Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, both of HBO.
Enjoy the trailer below: