Kevin Spacey Dusts Off His Al Pacino Impression in Official Casino Jack Trailer
Hoo-ah! Back in 1997, Kevin Spacey hosted Saturday Night Live and showed off a number of fairly spot-on impressions: Christopher Walken, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and, of course, Al Pacino. As the first official trailer for Casino Jack can attest, over 13 years later, the man's still got it -- at least when it comes to Pacino. Though if you're asking yourself why Spacey does a Pacino impersonation in the middle of a film about D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, you're not alone.
Casino Jack was recently purchased for U.S. theatrical distribution, and while it's coming out in December, there is something decidedly "Made-for-HBO" about this trailer. That starts with Spacey, who turns Abramoff -- the flashy, kingfish lobbyist who bilked Indian tribes out of millions of dollars before being indicted for fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion -- into some sort of out-sized cartoon; he's the type of man who has no trouble busting out his broad Pacino-in-And Justice for All impression during a city hearing ("You're out of order! This whole city hearing is out of order!"). It's shocking that Spacey-as-Abramoff isn't shown lighting a cigar with a $100 bill.
The rest of the cast feels decidedly small-time, too: Jon Lovitz, Kelly Preston, Graham Greene and Barry Pepper all show up doing what you'd expect of them. When Movieline saw Casino Jack at Sundance, Hickenlooper compared his film to Goodfellas. This looks more like Wiseguy.
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