Meet the Real-Life Hustler Behind Jennifer Lopez's Character
Samantha Barbash has written a book about her experience scheming wealthy Wall Street men.
A woman who inspired Jennifer Lopez's character in "Hustlers" says the portrayal isn't 100% accurate.
Samantha Barbash, now 45, helped mastermind a scheme in which strippers ripped off wealthy Wall Street bankers by maxing out their credit cards.
Their story inspired the movie "Hustlers," which racked up $34 million at the box office this past weekend, making it the No. 2 film in theaters. As well as Lopez, the film stars Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lili Reinhart.
So what did Barbash think of Lopez's portrayal?
"She acted great," she told Inside Edition. "She looked beautiful."
But when asked if it was an accurate representation of her, Barbash said, "No."
"I felt like in the movie she was a boss, which I am," she said, but "she was a bit cold-hearted. Anyone who knows me knows ... I'm not a cold-hearted person."
Although Lopez's character, Ramona, is a exotic dancer, Barbash likes to make it clear she didn't strip in real life — she just orchestrated the scheme.
Their scam fell apart when one of the women was caught in a sting.
Barbash pleaded guilty to conspiracy, assault and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation.
She is now the owner of a medical spa in Queens, New York. She's also written a book about her experience called "Underscore," which is out later this month.
"I just wanted to bring the readers through everything I went through and I saw leading up to my arrest," she said.
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