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Trivia for Molly's Game

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  • Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut.
  • Molly Bloom is banned from Canada because she pleaded guilty to a federal crime in the United States. She 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 rehearsed off-set before shooting began, and between takes.
  • Molly Bloom told Aaron Sorkin that she wanted Jessica Chastain to play her.
  • (Cameo) Aaron Sorkin: one of the underground poker players.
  • It's widely believed that "Player X" is based on Tobey Maguire.
  • Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut.
  • The film cast includes one Oscar winner, Kevin Costner, and two Oscar nominees, Graham Greene and Jessica Chastain. The screenwriter and director, Aaron Sorkin, is also an Oscar winner for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network (2010).
  • 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. First-time director Aaron Sorkin wanted realism, right down to the way players handled cards during games.
  • Since this was his directorial debut, Aaron Sorkin often called his friend David Fincher for shooting tips. They'd previously collaborated on The Social Network (2010). He also found Kevin Costner supportive during the shoot (Costner has directed three movies including Dances with Wolves, for which he won a Best Director Oscar).
  • 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.
  • Jessica Chastain tells Jeremy Strong that his finances are in shambles because of poor investments in a struggling housing market. In The Big Short (2015) Strong plays 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 (also called Gage Whitney Pace) appears multiple times in Aaron Sorkin's work. In The West Wing (1999), Sam Seyborn worked there before joining the Bartlet presidential campaign. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) and The Newsroom (2012) also mention the firm.
  • 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 play poker between takes with the professional poker players who appeared as extras in the card game scenes. The extras, who are usually paid $90 for a 12-hour work day, were often the highest-paid people on the set.
  • According to Molly Bloom, the most money she'd ever seen lost in a card game session in one night was $100 million. The losing player settled the debt the following day.
  • Jessica Chastain knows very little about gambling and has no interest in it.
  • Molly Bloom's younger brother Jeremy Bloom was also a skier. He was a 3-time World Champion, 2-time Olympian, an 11-time World Cup Gold Medalist, and was inducted into the US Skiing Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also an All-American college football player at the University of Colorado. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, but never played football professionally. In April 2010, Bloom founded the marketing software company Integrate. The company was named as the "Best New Company" at the American Business Awards in New York City, and Forbes Magazine called him one of the 30 most influential people in technology under the age of 30.
  • When Molly enters Dean's poker room for the first time, a writing on the wall says "Quo Vadimus", which is the title of Sports Night's last episode. Both Molly's Game and Sports Night were written by Aaron Sorkin.
  • At Molly's first poker game, she says that she googled music that poker players liked, and had to come up with a playlist from just one Kenny Rogers song. The famous song, which inspired a short video of the same name, is "The Gambler".
  • Molly says that the center of the galaxy smells of "rum and raspberries" due to ethyl formate. Both are true - ethyl formate does smell like rum with a hint of raspberry and it is one of the organic compounds that have been detected in clouds at the center of the Milky Way.
  • During the deposition meeting with Harrison and Brennan, Charlie accuses the Feds of impoverishing Molly with the money confiscation and tax lien. He says that they, "broke her back." In fact, she had broken her back earlier.
  • 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is a recreational drug that was originally popular at nightclubs and raves. It is more commonly known by its street names 'Ecstasy' or 'Molly'.

Spoilers

  • The amount of money that the FBI took from Molly, and the fine she paid, was substantially larger in the movie.
  • Molly's life is an allegory for a poker game gone bad. She starts of well running Dean's game and starting her own LA game, but doesn't know when "to hold 'em" or "fold 'em". She takes unexpected big losses when she loses the players for her LA game, and goes on tilt (like Harald at the second game). Her life decisions become more aggressive and more emotional after that.
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