Not long ago, Alex Gibney’s documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money shocked audiences at the Sundance Film Festival and never really made its way to audiences. Since documentaries don’t always get the audiences they deserve, director George Hickenlooper has created a comedy about the man who helped our country into debt and created a film with at least a shorter title, Casino Jack!
Check out the trailer below…
The film stars Kevin Spacey as the big man himself alongside Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz and Rachelle Lefevre. A good comedy is sometimes the best way to get people to take things seriously and the man himself, despite once fooling people into giving him billions of dollars, is a bit of a joke himself – so why not laugh at him?. Who knows, maybe this will even encourage people to watch a documentary (gasp!) about the real story.
As much as I hate what the man represents, it is fun to watch any person stand up in a courtroom and with a fake New York accent yell at a judge “You’re out of order!” Hopefully they won’t make him out to be some kind of Saint in disguise. Spacey definitely knows how to play fun, bad guys so there’s no need for a happy Jack ending here.
Check out the full synopsis below to find out more about the man himself and bringing the story to the big screen…
Two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey gives the performance of a lifetime in CASINO JACK, a riotous new film starring Spacey as a man hell bent on acquiring all that the good life has to offer. He plays in the same game as the highest of rollers and resorts to awe-inspiring levels of conning, scheming and fraudulent antics to get what he wants.
Inspired by true events that are too over-the-top for even the wildest imaginations to conjure, CASINO JACK lays bare the wild excesses and escapades of Jack Abramoff. Aided by his business partner Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper), Jack parlays his clout over some of the world’s most powerful men with the goal of creating a personal empire of wealth and influence. When the two enlist a mob-connected buddy (Jon Lovitz) to help with one of their illegal schemes, they soon find themselves in over their heads, entrenched in a world of mafia assassins, murder and a scandal that spins so out of control that it makes worldwide headlines.
Directed by George Hickenlooper (FACTORY GIRL, THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS), CASINO JACK returns Spacey to the type of role that made him famous – a cool-headed, articulate snake charmer whose wild ambitions knows no limits or boundaries. The film also stars Kelly Preston and Rachelle Lefevre and is produced by Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and George Vitetzakis from an original screenplay by Norman Snider. Executive Producers are Richard Rionda Del Castro, Lewin Webb, Donald Zuckerman, Dana Brunetti, Patricia Eberle, Warren Nimchuk, Angelo Paletta and Domenic Serafino. The Associate Producer is Rick Chad.
Casino Jack hits theaters December 29th, 2010.
Will you go and see it?