Posted on Thursday, September 16th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
George Hickenlooper's fact-based satire, starring Kevin Spacey and his ever-sharp comic timing, offers an antic version of the wheeler-dealer whose ambition and blinkered morality were close to.
When we first saw a trailer for Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey as disgraced ‘super lobbyist’ Jack Abramoff, the film was called Bagman and the trailer was miserable. Tonally the clip was all over the place, the voice over was laughable, and it committed a serious sin by trying to pretend that Rolling Stones songs like ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Sympathy For the Devil’ have any life left for use in cinema.
21 is a 2008 American heist drama film directed by Robert Luketic and starring Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Aaron Yoo, and Kieu Chinh. The film is inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team as told in Bringing Down the House, the best-selling book by Ben Mezrich. 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. Indeed, Spacey’s performance is clearly the film’s standout element. Casino Jack—sadly the last film from the recently deceased George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl)—is 2010’s second film to follow the uber-dramatic career path of D.C. Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who rode all the way to the top of the lucrative industry’s peak before. Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film directed by Mimi Leder.The film is based loosely on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde.It is set in Las Vegas, and it chronicles 11-year-old Trevor McKinney's launch of a goodwill movement known as 'pay it forward'.
Now there’s a new trailer, and it is certainly cut with a lot more skill and consistency. Check it out after the break.
This comes just as the film was picked up at TIFF by ATO Pictures. The new trailer is a significant improvement. It makes the film look like a fast, funny, freewheeling account of a grand misuse of power. The subject matter is deadly serious, but in a climate like today’s, the way to sell it is by portraying the film as a little glib and very entertaining. This goes a long way towards selling that image. And we get to see Spacey’s Al Pacino impersonation, too.
Here’s the current synopsis, courtesy of Apple, which also has the trailer in HD:
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.Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Watch: Kevin Spacey as Abramoff in the 'Casino Jack' Trailer
by Alex Billington
September 16, 2010
'Out of order?! You're out of order!'Casino Jack is the feature film version of the infamous Casino Jack and the United States of Money story (watch the trailer for that doc) that stars the always awesome Kevin Spacey as political lobbyist Jack Abramoff. I'm not sure how fictional this version is compared to the true story, but it looks great. I love the trailer, it's such a perfect introduction to this flick. Spacey has a spark to him that not many other actors have and I love seeing him in this role, even if it is a little over-the-top, but screw it. Plus, I personally love the film versions of stories like this more than documentaries. Watch below!
Watch the official trailer for George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack:
Kevin Spacey Casino Movie
You can also watch the official trailer for Casino Jack in High Definition on Apple
A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist named Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence on Capitol Hill lead to corruption and murder. Based on the true story.
Casino Jack is directed by veteran filmmaker George Hickenlooper, of films like Hearts of Darkness, Grey Knight, Persons Unknown, The Big Brass Ring, Mayor of the Sunset Strip and Factory Girl. The screenplay was written by Norman Snider, mostly a TV writer of a few features like Dead Ringers and Body Parts. ATO (Art Takes Over) Pictures is bringing Casino Jack to limited theaters starting in December later this year.
Love it already!
Robbie on Sep 16, 2010
there aren't words to express how AWESOME this is going to be.....spacey kicks ass as JA. i'm hoping barry pepper is his protégé (it looked like he is) i'm there opening night.
beavis on Sep 16, 2010
Spacey and Pepper in the same movie? need I say more.
Xerxex on Sep 16, 2010
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Out of order !!! ???? You are out of order ... 🙂 By the way I didn't see any actor who can make Impersonations of other actors better than Kevin Spacey ! 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKKDKAKNH-k
shero on Sep 16, 2010
very nice shero. i had seen spacey do impressions before - but not on bravo. very nice indeed.
beavis on Sep 16, 2010
John Doe on Sep 16, 2010
The best part of this trailer was the link to the impressions, i completely forgot about them.
some dude on Sep 17, 2010
the film versions are usually better because theyre made to entertain you, not bore you to death as with most documentaries, even if they bend the truth as far as they can and still say based on true events but kevin spacey is always great, must have to see this
harrison on Sep 17, 2010
so was that Spacey doing Pacino from Scent of a Woman??? 'This whole hearing is out of order' not sure if I wanna watch this... also is this tied into the documentary Casino Jack and the United States of America?
Andrew Robinson on Sep 17, 2010
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