Joyce Mitchell rips Ben Stiller over ‘Escape at Dannemora’


The “Shawskank” says Hollywood’s portrayal of her — as a lovesick prison seamstress who helped her inmate boyfriends escape — is beyond redemption.

In two 45-minute jailhouse interviews last week at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester, a seething Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell denied she ever had consensual sex with the convicted killers, and railed against director Ben Stiller for the “lies” he perpetrates in Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora.”

Showtime’s ‘Escape at Dannemora’ has divided this small upstate New York town
Showtime’s ‘Escape at Dannemora’ has divided this small upstate New York town
“I never had sex with them,” she hissed, referring to killers David Sweat and Richard Matt. “Ben Stiller is a son-of-a-bitch liar just like the rest of the world. He doesn’t care about the truth. All he cares about is making millions off me. He’s an idiot.”
The interviews were Mitchell’s first since the hit series began airing in November, and the only time she’s spoken publicly since 2015.

“For a long time I didn’t accept any visitors whose names I didn’t recognize,” she said, but met with a Post reporter because she was “curious” to see if the visit had anything to do with the show.

Mitchell, 54, is serving a seven-year sentence for her role in the 2015 made-for-TV prison break, which set off a 23-day, $20 million manhunt involving 1,300 law enforcement officers. It ended with Matt being shot dead and Sweat’s recapture.

The two sawed their way through the walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, near the Canadian border, with the help of hacksaw blades and a drill bit Mitchell smuggled in.

Mitchell admits she bought the blades for “99 cents at Walmart,” but said she did it because she was scared of the two — not because she was in love with them.

‘I wish I could take it all back. If I had to do it over, I would have told somebody.’
“At that point, I had to do it,” said Mitchell, wearing drab green prison slacks, a matching wrinkled T-shirt and her infamous dark-rimmed glasses. “I was stupid. They took advantage of my kindness.

“I wish I could take it all back. If I had to do it over, I would have told somebody.”

In “Escape at Dannemora,” Mitchell is depicted by Patricia Arquette — who gained 40 pounds to become a near-clone of the folksy, stringy-haired mother-of-one. Arquette has said she did not
want to meet with Mitchell as research for the role, in case she tried to spin her story.

“The truth doesn’t sell,” said Mitchell, theorizing about why the cast never visited.

“Everyone thinks I’m just a whore who wanted it.”

Arquette’s character has regular jailhouse sex with Matt, played by Benicio Del Toro, and Sweat (Paul Dano), in a storeroom of the prison sewing shop where Mitchell supervised the inmates.

The storyline closely mirrors the one prison insiders have told about Mitchell’s trysts with the two.

She and Sweat have both denied any physical relationship. However, Mitchell did tell investigators that she provided nude photos of herself for Sweat, and was forced to give Matt oral sex.

She also told investigators she got “caught up in the fantasy” of another life with the two — an admission she refuses to cop to now.