Most realistic gambling movies according Jeff Ma, the true life character in ’21’


In the movie "21," opening in theaters Friday, Jim Sturgess plays an MIT student and math whiz who learns the ways of card-counting and joins an elite gambling club so that he can pay his tuition. The movie is based on a book called "Bringing Down the House," and the book is based on the real-life experiences of Jeff Ma.

This morning I spoke with Ma, who had just arrived back in his San Francisco office from a night of partying in New York City. He admitted that the film based on his life was pretty Hollywood-ized--although he was not bothered that his character is being played by the decidedly un-Asian Sturgess.

"My race is important to me, but when people were asking me who I would want to play me in a movie, I wasn't saying Jet Li or Chow Yun Fat," he said. "I was saying Topher Grace."

(LA Times)

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