Many of Aaron Sorkin’s early creations were fictional stories based on reality — The West Wing, obviously, was set in a very realistic White House, and Sports Night was about the fictional clone of ESPN’s SportsCenter. Lately, though, Sorkin has crossed over that line, and he’s been working on projects about real-life people and situations, like The Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs. His latest, Molly’s Game, has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and he told us why, once he started writing nonfictional movies, he couldn’t stop.
As proven with Miss Sloane,Jessica Chastain proves that she’s at home with rapid fire dialogue, and now she teams up with the master of that aesthetic with Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin. His feature directing debut Molly’s Game is the true story of how skier Molly Bloom (Chastain) became the operator of a high stakes poker game in Los Angeles and New York. Also the author of a bestselling book based on her poker days, Bloom was also in trouble with the law, and Idris Elba co-stars as the lawyer who helps Bloom through the legal process. The picture features standout work from Chastain and hopefully she’ll be remembered come Oscar nominations time.
Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Blame and American Folk, two indie January releases that also deliver Grade A narratives. Our divergent opinions on Call Me By Your Name (I loved it) is also covered on the show – take a listen below and feel free to comment!
Jessica Chastaindelivers another first rate performance in Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin(The Social Network, Jobs). The true story centers on Molly Bloom (Chastain), a world class skier whose career was cut down after an accident. Slated to go to law school, Bloom instead traveled to Los Angeles where she eventually was managing a high stakes poker game. After a successful run in the City of Angels, she moved to New York and launched another successful operation before drug addiction and an FBI raid led her down a dangerous path. Kevin Costner co-stars in the feature as Bloom’s father, with Idris Elba playing the talented lawyer who tries to keep Bloom out of prison.
“Aaron’s been friends with Molly for a long time – he knows her very well,” said Chastain. “He’s very protective of her story and I’m not sure he would have ever felt comfortable handing over the screenplay to another director. I can’t imagine anyone else directing this story.”
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Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game, tells the story of an Olympic-class skier who wound up running Hollywood’s most infamous high-stakes poker room. To give the film more authenticity, Sorkin brought in some expert poker players as extras, and he told us the film’s stars couldn’t resist trying their luck against some of the world’s best. (He also told us that probably wasn’t a great move on the actors’ part.)
Molly’s Game, which also stars Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
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“I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my own inspirations and experiences and practices and evolutions ,not as a blueprint for how to make movies but as a guidepost, an offering to young people attempting to find their own way,” said Scorsese. “It was so important for me to have people that passed down their knowledge when I was young, and MasterClass has given me an opportunity to try it myself.”
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