Mark Wahlberg leads The Gambler as Jim Bennett, a guy with a serious gambling addiction who’s deeply in debt to three moneylenders – a gambling ring operator (Alvin Ing), a gangster (Michael K. Williams) and John Goodman’s character, Frank, a loan shark who wants his money back but also wants to see Jim pull himself together.
You can get a sense of Jim and Frank’s unique relationship in our exclusive The Gambler clip showing off a piece of their first meeting together. And a fun fact, director Rupert Wyatt told me he color coded all of the moneylenders. Check out Goodman’s red hat in our clip after the jump and then keep an eye out for more color coded components in the full feature which is playing in theaters now. The Gambler also stars Brie Larson, Emory Cohen, Anthony Kelley and Jessica Lange.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Gambler:
Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…