The Sackler family, the owners of the Purdue Pharma that aggressively marketed the painkiller Oxycontin resulting in an explosive growth in drug addiction, has been dragged into the spotlight and are now the target of multiple lawsuits by states. As a result these highly secretive people, who only allow their names to be public when they put it on buildings as part of their ‘philanthropy’, have been forced to give legal depositions. But their lawyers have aggressively worked to have their video depositions sealed
Since the Sacklers also refuse to appear on TV, John Oliver gets a quartet of well-known actors to say the actual words of Richard Sackler as quoted in their depositions, to give us a better sense of how arrogant, devious, and callous they are. Oliver said that if Richard Sackler felt that any of the portrayals were inaccurate, he could release the videos and correct the record.
You can see more of the actors reading from the depositions here.