What do you know about Jack Abramoff? Better yet, as a film geek, do you care about Jack Abramoff? Let’s say you don’t know who the hell Jack Abramoff is and don’t care to find out: is there anything about Casino Jack I can recommend that’ll get you interested in the movie? How about the inclusion of Kevin Spacey, turning in one of his funnier performances? What about…well, what about Kevin Spacey being funny? Not convinced? Then you might not care about seeing Casino Jack. Read on for the full-blown review after the jump, folks….
America’s political system has been a favorite subject of filmmakers for decades. The reasons are clear. There’s enough grandstanding, scandal, backstabbing and intrigue in a week on Capitol Hill to fill a season of any network soap opera. Take the latest entry into the genre. Casino Jack, in the early stages of a nationwide rollout, follows the real-life story of so-called super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff who served time in prison for defrauding four Native American tribes out of tens of millions of dollars and trading money and gifts for political favors from some of DC’s biggest power brokers. While the scandal landed public officials in prison, the film has landed Kevin Spacey a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and very positive reviews for Barry Pepper as Abramoff’s protégé Michael Scanlon.
Pepper recently sat down with Collider for a wide-ranging conversation. Hit the jump for the interview’s full audio and transcript, including his view of Washington, whether he’d run for office, his wild experience on a new Terrence Malick film and his very thorough research to play Robert F. Kennedy.
ATO Pictures has released a new theatrical trailer for Casino Jack. The film is directed by George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) and stars Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff, a real life Washington, DC lobbyist who “resorted to awe–inspiring levels of conning, scheming and fraudulent antics to get what he wanted.” Casino Jack also stars Kelly Preston, Barry Pepper, and the always underused Jon Lovitz. You can hit the jump to check out the trailer along with a plot synopsis for the film.