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How Idris Elba Contributed To Hit Movie Molly’s Game



Molly’s Game is a biographical drama film following the shocking story of a major poker heist. The lead roles are played by superstars Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, but how did the latter perform in the movie, and what was the inspiration behind his character?


With the popularity of online poker always on the rise, more and more people are becoming interested in the story behind the movie. So, let’s take a greater look at this highly-rated movie and Idris Elba’s role in it.



Is Molly’s Game Based on a True Story?


Like other recent Hollywood hits such as Hidden Figures and The Big Short, Molly’s Game is based on a true story. It was inspired by a memoir written by Molly Bloom about her time as an underground poker organizer and dealer for wealthy clients in Los Angeles.


In 2009, Bloom was arrested by federal agents who were investigating her poker games and detained for 20 months. She pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling operation and avoided jail time by agreeing to cooperate with authorities against some of her players; all charges were dropped in 2012 when she was no longer deemed to be a flight risk or a danger to society.



In the movie, Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom, and her role in the film quite closely follows what is written in Bloom’s memoir. It has been suggested that some real-life celebs were connected to the heist, and Player X in the movie is thought to be a combination of these.


Who is Idris Elba’s Character Based On?


Idris Elba’s character, Charlie Jaffey, is Molly’s lawyer in the movie but is not strictly based on Molly’s real-life lawyer, Jim Walden. Instead, he was created as a fictional character as the writer and director, Aaron Sorkin, did not want to meet with Walden to ensure facts were accurate from his perspective.


However, there are some elements of Elba’s character that are based on Molly’s true story – she has said so herself. In the movie, we see the lawyer reading Molly’s memoir before taking her on as a client; however, this is inaccurate. The book was actually published after Molly was arrested, meaning it wouldn’t have been possible for her lawyer to base his opinion on her from the book.



How Was Idris Elba’s Performance in Molly’s Game Received?

The movie was directed by Aaron Sorkin (of The Social Network) and has received critical acclaim since its initial release. However, one notable area of acclaim is Idris Elba’s performance as her lawyer, Charlie Jaffey.


There were worries that his character would be overblown or exaggerated, but instead, he remained respectful while also shining at times throughout. While many scenes depict him trying to figure out how to win Molly’s case, other scenes show him quietly asserting himself whenever necessary – and perhaps there are even hints of romance between them here and there!



At any rate, many people were glad that he did not use his force for evil like some lawyers might have done. However, although his character does not take center stage all that often, critics say that both Idris Elba and Aaron Sorkin should be proud of what they have created. Elba himself received three nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Molly’s Game, and the film won awards for screenwriting and editing. Chastain’s performance earned her the title of Best Actress.


Does Idris Elba Like Gambling for Real?


Gambling is a running theme in Molly’s Game, and there’s no shortage of characters involved in the poker heist. But do the stars like Idris Elba actually like gambling?


In this case, it was simply a case of great acting. Elba has stated in interviews that he knows the basics of the game from using apps for fun, but this wasn’t connected to his role in Molly’s Game. In spite of this, it has been said that he understands the appeal of poker and gambling in general, particularly among men.



He’s linked professional players’ ‘poker face’ to acting – the players are trying to convince other players what move to make next with just a look, and this can make the difference between winning and losing.


Chastain states that the appeal of playing Molly came from working with Aaron Sorkin and a fascination with the real-life story, rather than a personal interest in playing poker or other forms of gambling. Although she got into character by observing the underground poker world, she claims to know little about the game and can’t play it well.



If you haven’t already seen Molly’s Game yet, we highly recommend it!






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