Mark Wahlberg leads The Gambler as Jim Bennett, a college professor with a nasty gambling addiction who’s got absolutely no problem blowing big bets, failing to pay back his moneylenders and putting his life at risk. Whether you’re a big bad loan shark, someone looking for a relationship or a close family member, when someone like Jim steps into your life, you turn the other way. However, that’s not the case in The Gambler. Jim may be self-destructive to the max, but his relationships in the film are too dynamic for those around him to just write him off, even after he makes a slew of terrible decisions. The Gambler is very much about a guy who has to win big to pay off his debts, but one of the most fascinating elements of the film is how the supporting characters react to his decisions.
With The Gambler due for a wide release on Christmas Day, I got the chance to chat with director Rupert Wyatt and stars Brie Larson and Michael K. Williams about their experience making the film, shooting it like a Western, their characters’ unique relationships with Jim and more. Hit the jump to check it all out.
You can watch the supercut of my interviews with Wyatt, Larson and Williams below and, in case you missed it, click here to give my full chat with Larson a watch. Also be sure to keep an eye out for the full interviews with Wyatt and Williams coming soon.