Aaron Sorkin finds unlikely feminist heroine in 'Molly's Game'

From Reuters - December 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When writer and producer Aaron Sorkin met with Molly Bloom, the poker princess who ran high-stakes games with Hollywoods top celebrities, he did not expect to be impressed.

I thought the person that I was going to be meeting was someone who was cashing in on their brush with famous people, which is not something Im a huge fan of, Sorkin said.

But I was stupid and thats not the person that I met ... This was an incredibly compelling woman.

Sorkin, best known for creating the political TV series The West Wing, makes his directorial debut with Mollys Game, adapted from Blooms book of the same name. The film is out in U.S. theaters on Dec. 25.

Blooms book chronicles poker games she ran from 2002 to 2011 that drew celebrities such as Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck and helped her rake in $4 million a year at her peak. Bloom, now 39, was once charged with running an illegal gambling business and was sentenced in 2014 to a year of probation and 200 hours of community service.

Sorkin said he was impressed that Bloom refused to divulge names and secrets of her high-profile clients other than those already named in court documents.


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