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11-20-05, 09:28 AM
I was browsing over a review posted on AICN a couple minutes ago. The review was for Curtis Hanson's "Lucky You." In it, the reviewer said something that made a thought pop into my head. His comment, "The fault on Hanson's part is, if he is to take us through familiar territory, he ought to at least draw our attention to the unseen, underexposed portions of it." My subsequent thought: if I were to make a documentary, this is what it would be about.

Think about the potential here. Spend a month or two traveling around the United States (spending most of your time in Las Vegas). Get in touch with the professionals...I mean the guys. Chan, Ivey, Brunson, Hellmuth, Negreanu, Ferguson...top tier players that even those who have only a passing interest in poker will recognize. Perhaps Annie, Harmon, or Violette, to throw in a bit of variety. Matusow, solely for entertainment's sake. Then, just follow them. I don't know about everybody else, but I would be absolutely intrigued by a documentary of this nature. Has nobody ever wondered what kinds of lifestyles these guys live? How much would one backstory differ from another? With Hellmuth, you'd have poker clubs with ARod, loud nights on the town, and enough dialogue to fill a separate film. And with Brunson, you'd have a more laid back, relaxed lifestyle...but still grounded in poker and lots of cash, with enough stories to fill three films. Underground, high-stakes poker. Lavish, comped hotel rooms on the strip. Random $5000 bets that you won't shave your head, or be able to pick up that blonde.

What I'm getting at is this: we see these guys for maybe a month out of the year, all told. WSOP, WPT, and so forth...and that's it. But what about the time spent between those nationally televised events? What about the high-stakes cash games, the lavish lifestyles that come with being a professional gambler? Whether it be filled with scenes of insightful comments from Doyle as he relaxes poolside at his mansion, or drunken, celebrity-filled and alcohol fueled nights out on the town with Hellmuth, the final product would be nothing short of captivating. And if there wasn't a climax, it could all be tied together at the end with the WSOP. All of these guys, living their lives and sometimes crossing one another's paths, end up in the same place: one town, one casino, one week, one tournament...for the one goal they all strive to accomplish. There's your basic structure, but the goodies would lie in the details.

If I wanted to make an independent documentary here and now...if I had serious asperations of becoming a filmmaker, this would be my topic. Not only is there a huge and ever-growing market for it, but it'd do the one thing that all documentaries should: give the outside world a look at something they were previously alien to. Plus, if my assumptions are correct, I think enough reels of film could be cut into one hell of an entertaining picture.

Your thoughts?

Browsing around the ol' IMDB, I ran across this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453417/

If I were a filmmaker, I'd hope it wasn't too terribly similar to my idea. Since I'm not, I hope it is...because I'd love to see it.


11-20-05, 12:26 PM
I'd watch it.... ;)

Red Dog
11-20-05, 12:43 PM
Isn't Hellmuth married with children?

11-20-05, 11:39 PM
Isn't Hellmuth married with children?


11-21-05, 03:26 PM
I get a kick out of reading Negreanu's blog....

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