Rounders John Malkovich Poker

  1. John Malkovich’s Son Loewy Malkovich
  2. John Malkovich Rounders
  3. John Malkovich
  4. ESPN is often given credit for the ‘Poker Boom’ of the mid-2000s but for all intents and purposes it was the movie Roundersstarring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, and John Malkovich that set that poker boom into motion.
  5. The Abridged Script. Movie: September 10, 1998. MATT DAMON sits on one side of a poker table, JOHN MALKOVICH on the other. MATT DAMON (V.O.).
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  • “Get your money in when you have the best of it. Protect it when you don’t.”
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “I’ve often seen these people, these squares at the table, short stack and long odds against them. All their outs gone. One last card in the deck that can help them. I used to wonder how they could let themselves get into such bad shape, and how the hell they thought they could turn it around.”
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “Mike, I learned it from you. You always told me this was the rule. Rule number one: Throw away your cards the moment you know they can’t win. Fold the fucking hand.” — Jo
  • “That’s the safe play. I told Worm you can’t lose what you don’t put in the middle. But you can’t win much either.”
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “- Worm: What did I ever do to that guy?
    - Mike McDermott: You fucked his mother.
    - Worm: [amused] Yeah but she was a good looking older woman you gotta give me that.”
    Edward Norton — Worm
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “We can’t run from who we are, our destiny chooses us.”
    Martin Landau — Abe Petrovsky
  • “Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker. Guys around here will tell ya, you play for a living, it’s like any other job. You don’t gamble, you grind it out. Your goal is to win one big bet an hour, that’s it.”
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “- Moogie: Hey, lemme ask you a question. In the legalsense, can fuckin’ Steinbrenner move the Yankees? Does he have the fuckin’ right to just move them?
    - Mike McDermott: How should I know that?
    - Moogie: You didn’t learn that yet?
    - Mike McDermott: No, we get to Steinbrenner in third year law school.
    - Moogie: Oh…”
    — Moogie
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “- Mike McDermott: I watch the cards but I also watch the player react to the cards. That’s how I knew the DA made his two pair and judge Kaplan missed the flush, I was watching their eyes when they checked their river cards, their faces tell you everything.
    - Abe Petrovsky: [confused] You watch the man? I never knew you had to calculate so much…” (continue)(continue reading)Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
    Martin Landau — Abe Petrovsky
  • - Worm: You know what always cheers me up, when I’m feeling shitty?
    - Mike McDermott: No, what’s that?
    - Worm: Rolled up aces over kings. Check-raising stupid tourists and taking huge pots off of them. Playing all-night high-limit Hold’em at the Taj, ‘where the sand turns to gold’. Stacks and towers of checks I can’t even see over.Edward Norton — Worm
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • In ‘Confessions of a Winning Poker Player’, Jack King said, ‘Few players recall big pots they have won, strange as it seems, but every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career’. It seems true to me, cause walking in here, I can hardly remember how I built my bankroll, but I can’t stop thinking of how… (continue)(continue reading)
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “- Worm: She’s really got him by the balls.
    - Petra: That’s not so bad, is it?
    - Worm: It depends on the grip!”Edward Norton — Worm
    Famke Janssen — Petra
  • “Why do you think the same five guys make it to the final table of the World Series of Poker every year? What, are they the luckiest guys in Las Vegas? It’s a skill game Jo.”Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “- Worm: I guess the sayings’ true. In the poker game of life, women are the rake man. They are the fuckin’ rake.
    - Mike McDermott: What the fuck are you talkin’ about. What saying?
    - Worm: I don’t know. There ought to be one though.”
    Edward Norton — Worm
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “First prize at the World Series of Poker is a million bucks. Does it have my name on it? I don’t know. But, I’m gonna find out.”
    Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
  • “- Mike McDermott: What happened?
    - Worm: Nothing, she closed her legs too fast!”Matt Damon — Mike McDermott
    Edward Norton — Worm

John Malkovich’s Son Loewy Malkovich

Edward Norton (co-star, ‘Rounders’): Matt and I got coaching from top poker pros, but also from some guys in the underground poker scene who were experts in working a game as partners with coded signals, because that was something our characters did in the film. We decided we’d see if we could actually pull it off in a game, and we cut it apart. Then we walked down Sixth Avenue a few blocks and chopped up our collective winnings. We agreed that our commitment to the craft of acting justifiably forced our ethical standards into the backseat. And most of the money we clipped came off Harvey and Bob Weinstein, so we agreed that was good for humanity.

John Malkovich Rounders

Anyway, the Rounders stories don’t end with the GQ profile, because Damon sat down with BBC Radio 1 on Thursday to talk about his return to ass-kickery, and he not only broke out a great story about Malkovich on the set of Rounders, but he also showed off his perfect impression of Teddy KGB. We might actually need to get Rounders 2 happening just so they can have a sh*t-talking scene where Mike McD mocks his rival.

John Malkovich

(Via BroBible)

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