The Movieline website reports that on January 7, 2010 a film screening was held at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) of Kevin Spacey’s new biopic called, Casino Jack. He portrays Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff who is now serving time in prison after defrauding several American Indian Casinos to a hefty sum of $85 million dollars. That money was linked to several Republican representatives in Washington who Abramoff took down with him. Director George Hickenlooper told the room of Hollywood insiders, agents and actress Julia Roberts that Casino Jack is like the film Goodfellas 1990, but set in Washington D.C.
The filming wrapped in 2009 and Deadline Hollywood Blog has reported that Kevin Spacey visited Jack Abramoff in prison. Jack was friendly, open and is a big fan of Spacey’s films especially The Usual Suspects 1995. He believes that the Republicans threw him under the bus including John McCain. He did what every lobbyist did in Washington. No more and no less. Spacey also went to Capitol Hill for his research into this role.
Deadline Hollywood also reported that on March 29, 2010 Casino Jack found a film distributor. Metropolitan Inc, will open the movie in U.S. theaters in the fall of 2010. They will also put up money behind the campaign for Oscar nominations 2011. Kevin Spacey is a two-time Oscar winner and this role may get him a best actor nomination if not a third trophy on his mantle. Movieline says that Spacey captures Abramoff as a complete narcissist. It is the acting performance to watch this year.
What will be missing in this movie are the stories about American Indian casino characters. Director George Hickenlooper has stated that Casino Jack surrounds only Abramoff and his cronies. They are white-collar thugs. According to Internet movie database (IMDB) there are only two native actors in the film. Graham Greene and Eric Schweig. Their screen time will probably be brief. I can only guess that Greene will play former Republican Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. That’s too bad because there are enough movies here to cover all the Indian casino characters involved.
I became angry as I watched the new documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money. I thought about the Indian tribes themselves. $85 million dollars was given to Abramoff and his dummy corporations. How can a tribal government ignore all that money? Were these Indians fooled or were they just as corrupt? Were they duped by a con-man? Did they want to get into the political game?
Indian casinos are now very powerful and let’s say they knew what they were doing. It’s clear that the Coushatta Casino wanted no other casinos to open near them. So they could reap the profits alone. Abramoff made it happen with his influence in the Republican state of Texas by getting voters to stop the building of the Tigua tribal casino. Coushatta Casino paid Abramoff, his friends, a Republican representative and supposed charities.
The Indian tribes screamed racism during the Indian Affairs court hearings because Abramoff sent emails calling them monkeys. The white man again rips off the Indians! Indian casinos are the victims! Even Senator Campbell shook his finger at Abramoff in disgust. I am an American Indian who is not buying this. The Indian tribes hired this man and gave him money. Let’s say that they were fooled. Well, then it would seem the tribes are just as stupid as people said they were. $85 million dollars worth of stupid! I wish there was a film about these Indian tribes and their casinos. It certainly would explain why they dealt with Jack Abramoff in the first place.