Molly Bloom Spills Secrets on Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire

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Molly Bloom Spills Secrets on Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
25 May

When Molly's Game hit the big screen around New Year it was instantly clear that Jessica Chastain had absolutely nailed it with her performance in the role of Molly Bloom and her high stakes underground poker games – the only thing missing being the big Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Ben Affleck – and now Bloom herself has spoken about two of the three in an interview with Yahoo7 Be online magazine.

The Aaron Sorkin-scripted movie version rolled the Hollywood greats into one mysterious character, Player X, and Bloom’s book about her rise and fall didn’t actually name the actors at all, but this week she divulged that poker wasn’t really a passion for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Bloom on DiCaprio

“He wasn’t a big gambler,” Molly explained to Be. “He mostly came because his friend Tobey [Maguire] wanted him to come. He wasn’t a regular player and it wasn’t in his blood like some of the others.”

Bloom on Maguire

Tobey Maguire, although named only as Tobey in the long-titled book - Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World – was described as "was the worst tipper, the best player, and the absolute worst loser" in Bloom’s memoirs.

This week she added to the description by explaining that the Spider-Man star was:

Not necessarily a big spender… but loved to play poker and was very focused on winning.”

Bloom had previously related the story that Maguire once offered her a $1,000 tip to ‘bark like a seal that wants a fish’ – storming out of the room when she refused.

Bloom on Jessica Chastain

The former Olympic hopeful – turned waitress-turned poker fixer to the millionaires and billionaires of Hollywood and Wall Street now lives a much quieter life in Colorado, wondering “How did I ever do that?” when watching her life in the movie.

On Chastain’s portrayal of her on the big screen, Bloom told Be:

She nailed it. When I heard it was going to be Jessica, I was over the moon. She’s an extraordinary actress.”

With underground games not really an option for Hollywood’s movie stars since Bloom’s fall from grace, actors such as James Woods and Vince van Patten have turned to legal US poker sites to reel in the big screen betters - the banner ‘big Hollywood celebrity names, big money, big events’ hoping to attract them online for their poker fix.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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