Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler stars Mark Wahlberg as Jim Bennett, a college professor with a serious gambling problem. Jim just isn’t capable of quitting when he’s ahead so, as a result, he’s lost a significant amount of his own mother’s (Jessica Lange) money and owes a good deal to a few unforgiving moneylenders (Michael K. Williams, John Goodman and Alvin Ing) as well.
Shortly before The Gambler’s Christmas Day release, I got the opportunity to sit down with Wyatt to discuss the challenge of shooting card games and college lectures in a visually stimulating manner, his color code for the moneylenders, the new sci-fi TV series he’s working on called Echo Chamber and more. Check it all out in the video interview after the jump.
- Wyatt’s thoughts on gambling; his game of choice.
- Shooting the blackjack scenes like a Western.
- On the more subtle details in his visuals; color coding the moneylenders.
- On the status of his TV series Echo Chamber.