WEIRDLAND: Matt Damon: The Talented Mr Ripley in Blu-Ray, Rounders Anniversary, "Bewildered" video

Friday, September 13, 2013

Matt Damon: The Talented Mr Ripley in Blu-Ray, Rounders Anniversary, "Bewildered" video

Matt Damon ("Bewildered Video")

Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.

'The Talented Mr. Ripley' Blu-ray released in September: Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is a bright and charismatic sociopath who makes his way in mid-50s New York City as a men's room attendant and sometimes pianist, though his real skill is in impersonating other people, forging handwriting, and running second-rate scams. After being mistaken for a Princeton student, Tom meets the shipping tycoon father of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), who has traveled to the coast of Italy, where he's living a carefree life with his father's money and his beautiful girlfriend, Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow). Source:

Matt Damon as Mike McDermott in "Rounders" (1998) directed by John Dahl.

Directed by indie stalwart John Dahl and written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman (the duo who went on to write "Ocean's Thirteen" for Steven Soderbergh, among other films), "Rounders" was the No. 1 movie in North American during its opening weekend, with $8.4 million in ticket sales. Overall, however, it was a disappointment for the studio, earning only $22.9 million during its initial theatrical run.

"It eventually made it into the black on video. Well into the black," Damon told HuffPost Entertainment in an interview last year. "Harvey Weinstein called me years ago and he was like, 'Matt, 'Rounders' is in the black. I thought you'd like to know.' I was like, 'No fucking way.' He was like, 'Yes, you did it. I knew we made a good movie.'"

Indeed, they did. "Rounders," which also co-starred Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Turturro, Martin Landau and John Malkovich (plus "Mindy Project" star Chris Messina in his first onscreen role), has become a cult favorite in the last 15 years, thanks to its prescient storyline (interest in competitive poker tournaments grew after the film's release) and quote-ready script. (Malkovich, in particular, unloads corker after corker in a thick Russian accent.) Source:

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