Barry Pepper Exclusive Interview; The CASINO JACK Star Opens Up About DC, THE KENNEDYS and Terrence Malick’s New Film

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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.

Trailer for Alex Gibney’s Documentary CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY

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Our government has been corrupt for centuries.  It’s not unique to our country, but it has never been inflated to the level we’ve seen it at this point.  The buying of legislation and politicans makes the days of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall look like a backroom card game.  Today, we’ve seen the cost of real gambling as lobbylists place bets for CEOs that are covered by taxpayers.  You can’t nail down a single person for the crash of our economy, but you can examine the iconic figure of lobbyist Jack Abramoff who showed the lengths lobbying could go in taking power away from the American people.

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) latest film Casino Jack & The United States of Money examines the larger-than-life tale of Abramoff’s graft and the politicians who participated his schemes.  Judging from the trailer, it looks like a fun and fascinating movie and I can’t wait to see it.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the official synopsis.  Jack & The United States of Money hits theaters on May 7th.

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