Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has spent a great deal of his career researching stories that focus on the dishonest ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room") and the controversial ("Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief ")", there are still things that shock him while filming.
Looking back on his latest HBO documentary "The Inventor: In Search of Blood in Silicon Valley," Gibney still can not about how driven the main theme of the film, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, was in cheating that she committed fraud.
"It testified to one of the truly interesting psychological dimensions of the story. Most people who are good at telling a fraudulent story are good at believing that they are true, "Gibney told Business Insider." They convince themselves that they are noble. "
Im In June, Holmes was charged with fraud (she did not plead guilty) and resigned as CEO of the blood test startup, with investors losing hundreds of millions since the company closed in September.
But that was not the only surprise
When Holmes became a self-made billionaire on paper – thanks to the perception of what Theranos could become – she was able to gain the talents of a heavyweight lawyer This lawyer was David Boies, who was also a board member of Theranos, and Gibney said when Boies was in the company's picture, it was very difficult for anyone who was there was involved in agreeing to speak for the film.
"They were afraid that he would forget them," Gibney said. "It was really difficult for someone to try to understand what happened in a company."
The film shows how intimidating Boie's tactic was. One scene looks back on the five-hour meeting of Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou (who wrote the book "Bad Blood," which was a source of insights seen in the film) with Theranos boss Daniel Young, who starred in Das Das The meeting was flanked by Boies and General Counsel of Theranos, Heather King. We hear the shot Carreyrou made of the interview while both sides go back and forth because Carreyrou is accused of having trade secrets.
Read more: The Stanford professor, who rejected one of the first ideas of Elizabeth Holmes, explains what it was like to watch the uprising and fall of Theranos.
Gibney said things eventually became easier as it became clear Theranos was on the ropes and did not have the means to bring to justice anyone who spoke.
"Despite the good things that people could do by coming forward, they were so scared that their lives would be destroyed by a lawyer, that they were silent," Gibney said. "That was really interesting for me."
"The Inventor" is currently available for streaming on HBO GO / NOW.