Casino Jack Premieres in DC

November 15, 2010

Casino Jack, the movie by the late George Hickenlooper, premiered last week in Washington, DC to some invited members of the Washington press in an E Street cinema.

Unlike the documentary by Alex Gibney, entitled Casino Jack an the United States of Money, this film starring Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff took liberties with reality.  It claims to be based on "real events."

From The Washington Post:
Possibly the room's favorite groaner: The rooftop happy hour where a journalist taunts Abramoff for his links to Mariana Islands sweatshops and gets slugged in the face by another lobbyist. Next line: "You just hit a hemophiliac reporter for The Washington Post!" (We've asked around. Didn't happen. Sorry.)
Washington Post reporter Bill Branigan first uncovered the story of the Marianas abuses on a national level (front page August 1994) and followed up with stories including the junkets sponsored by Abramoff. That's the reality.

Attending the Washington DC screening were reporters including MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews, NBC's foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, and Washington Post's Vice President at Large Ben Bradlee.

The movie will be released on December 17th in theaters after Jack Abramoff will be released.