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Trivia for Molly's Game

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  • Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut.
  • Molly Bloom, who is banned from Canada because she pleaded guilty to a federal crime in the United States, was granted a 48-hour pass to visit Canada for the movie's premiere at TIFF. Ironically, the film was shot in Canada.
  • Because of schedules, Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain had only 10 days to shoot. They shot 45 pages in the first 6 days. They mostly rehearsed virtually before the shooting, and in between takes during the shooting of the movie.
  • Molly Bloom told the director Aaron Sorkin that she wanted Jessica Chastain to play her.
  • Writer/Director Aaron Sorkin makes a cameo as one of the underground poker players.
  • It is widely believed that "Player X" is based on actor Tobey Maguire.
  • Marks Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut.
  • The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Kevin Costner ; and two Oscar nominees: Graham Greene and Jessica Chastain.
  • The movie reunites Kevin Costner and Graham Greene, the main stars of Dances with Wolves (1990).
  • The fictional law firm in this film is called Gage Whitney. The same name as the law firm Rob Lowe's character Sam Seaborn worked for in Sorkin's The West Wing.
  • All of the extras in the card games are professional poker players because first-time director Aaron Sorkin was after gritty realism, right down to the way the cards were actually handled by players during the games.
  • Since this was his directorial debut, Aaron Sorkin would often call his friend and director David Fincher for shooting tips. Both men had earlier collaborated on The Social Network (2010). He also found one of his stars, actor-director Kevin Costner, to be most supportive during the shoot.
  • The memoir on which this film is based frequently appears as a hard copy throughout the film. It features the real Molly Bloom's face instead of Jessica Chastain's.
  • Molly's lawyer is seen reading a published copy of the book Molly's Game to research her defense. In real life, the book wasn't published until after the trial was over.
  • At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Molly's Game received two nominations: Best Screenplay and Best Actress - Drama for Chastain.
  • Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) explains to her boss Dean Keith (Jeremy Strong) that his finances are in shambles because of poor investments in a struggling housing market. In "The Big Short," Strong is in the opposite situation, playing an expert who gets inside information before the collapse of the housing market.
  • Kevin Costner also played father to a daughter named Molly in Swing Vote (2008).
  • Idris Elba's character works for the fictional law firm of Gage Whitney. Gage Whitney (sometimes referred to as Gage Whitney Pace) appears multiple times in the works of writer/director Aaron Sorkin, most notably as the law firm where Sam Seyborn was working at before joining the Bartlet Presidential campaign on "The West Wing." The firm is also mentioned in "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "The Newsroom," the two television series created by Sorkin after he left "The West Wing."
  • According to the wallpaper on his computer desktop, Charles Jaffrey works for the law firm "Gage Whitney". This is the same firm that Sam Seaborn on The West Wing worked for, before leaving to come work at the White House.
  • According to writer/director Aaron Sorkin, the actors would engage in actual poker games in between takes with the professional players who appeared as extras in the card game scenes. As a result, the extras, who are usually paid 90 dollars for a 12-hour work day, would often end up being the highest-paid people on the set.

Spoilers

  • The amount of money that the FBI took from Molly ,as well as the fine she paid, was substantually larger in the movie than in real life.
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