Director Robert Luketic’s “21” broke the box office bank last weekend with a No. 1 buy-in topping the $24-million mark. Regardless, producer/star Kevin Spacey sounded as if he had a just a bit too much of “Sin City” surroundings during a recent interview.
“We were here for about a month or more, which is a long time to be in a place that's sort of just encourages gambling, drinking and strip clubs,” the soon-to-be-50 star explained a day after his gambling flick premiered at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. “So, I did a lot of things that were off the strip and tried to keep myself occupied in other ways because, when you're shooting a movie, you just can't live the life -- or at least I didn't -- while I was here shooting. I just can't do it.”
Meanwhile, young co-star Jim Sturgess was just happy to be in the film at all. “My audition tape was one of the worst in recent history,” he told us during his Vegas sit-down time. “I don’t even know what happened. I was told that (director Luketic) wanted an audition tape and I was stuck in rural England with “The Other Boleyn Girl.” I found someone with a camcorder and I auditioned by holding the camcorder and shooting myself with it and I thought, ‘Well that is the end of that.’
“Then Kevin said he would like to meet with me in London and we had breakfast and talked about it and
it went from there.”
And Kate Bosworth? Well, playing the lead fem in a group of MIT students who took Vegas for millions in a real-life card-counting scheme did have his moments.
“I loved some of the clothes we wore during our disguise sequences,” said the blonde cutie. “I had a lot of fun as the Southern Belle. I thought that she was just funny for me. I think my favorite one might be the last one though, the sort of (black-haired) Brook with the glasses. Honestly, my hair will just never do that. So it's fun to be able to pop on a wig.”
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