More Abramoff

March 10, 2010

George Hickenlooper's film, Casino Jack, is "sure to anger everyone" according to Roger Friedman Hollywood 411. This is the film starring Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff. (Not to be confused with the documentary, Casino Jack and the United States of Money by Alex Gibney.) The Spacey film is scheduled to come out in theaters this fall. From the blog:
I saw “Casino Jack” last week in Hollywood. It reminded me of “GoodFellas.” Not so good people discover evil, sell out, and lose everything. It’s quite a story. And the really funny part is that Abramoff is only serving six years. When he gets out, he’ll be rich. And he plans to move to Hollywood and become a film producer. Why the hell not?
Now Hickenlooper will take his film to festivals and find a distributor to release “Casino Jack” in the fall. There will be Oscar nominations for Spacey and Pepper, certainly. And a lot of screaming from Oliver Stone, as “Casino Jack” is really a contemporary version of “Wall Street.”

As for Tom DeLay: this is a contestant from a dance show on TV. Let’s just ignore him.
Actually, Jack Abramoff is set to be released from prison in December 2010. I guess we should not be surprised that he plans to move to Hollywood to be a movie producer. In 1989 he made Red Scorpion, the awful movie about a Russian agent sent to South Africa to kill an anti-Communist revolutionary. His brother, Robert is in the film industry there.

Alex Gibney's documentary, Casino Jack and the United States of Money premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and will be in theaters in May.

An excellent 3-part interview by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now featuring filmmaker Alex Gibney, Native American lobbyist Tom Rodgers and David Sickey from the Coushatta Tribe was taped at the film festival.

Mr. Rodgers was the whistle blower concerning Abramoff's rip-off of Indian tribes. He talks about the corruption including the involvement of Fitial supporter and former U.S. Representative John Doolittle (R-Abramoff). The interview includes some of the short clips that focus on the corruption with the Indian tribes and members of Congress. The movie also contains some clips from the CNMI and interviews with some federal officials and others.

Neil Volz, who was indicted in the scandal, attended the premiere at Sundance, as did former Rep. Bob Ney who served 18 months in prison for his part in the scandal. In the film Volz says:
The first time I met Jack Abramoff was in the Majority Whip’s office at an event. Jack is one of a kind. I mean, Jack Abramoff could sweet talk a dog off a meat truck. He’s that persuasive. And he’s the king of K Street. This is the guy. And he comes in for five minutes, sits down next to somebody who’s willing to spend millions of dollars, you know, to lobby Washington, and then he leaves in five minutes. And the guy or the woman thinks that Jack’s talking to the President, but he’s probably playing solitaire on his computer. And then he comes back in, and it’s like, “Hey, you know, sorry about that, but you got two more minutes. And by the way, I need about $250,000 a month,” and then walks out the door. One of a kind. One of a kind.