The Cinema Society and Calvin Klein Host a Screening of ‘21’
IFC Center and Mercer Kitchen. March 26, 2008. By Bennett Marcus
Had you been to Las Vegas before filming?
“No. I was more and more corrupted by the sort of craziness that goes on there. By the end of it, I had gambled pretty much every day for six weeks.”
How much time can you spend in Vegas?
“I'll go for two days, and then I'm out. For this film, it was about four to six weeks.”
Are nerdy guys hot?
“I like nerdy guys. The big beefcake guys don't have a lot going on besides their looks. That's nice at first, but you can't last very long with someone like that.”
Did you play blackjack at the party here tonight?
“It's fake! What's the point of standing at a table all night if all you can win is toilet paper?”
Is blackjack your game?
“Oh, yeah. I'm learning some new techniques.”
—Catalina Sandino Moreno
You wrote the book and consulted on the movie. Are you a gambling addict?
“I've actually been gambling less, because I know what it takes to win: a lot of practice and a lot of math skills.”
Do you spend a lot of time in Vegas?
“For two days, and that's it. You gamble, you have the strip clubs, and then you've got to go.”
You were portrayed as a nerd in the movie. You don't seem nerdy.
“The blackjack world helped it wear off. It was a necessity to be good at blackjack to have a little bit of confidence.”
Do you gamble?
“It doesn't do much for me. But I like watching movies about gambling.”
You did a same-sex love scene recently. How do you prepare for that?
“Practice, practice, practice. ”
Did you learn anything from the movie?
“I'm going to try counting at some dump in Atlantic City.”
How's your math?
“Therein lies the problem.”