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11.16.2007

new trailer for 21


The trailer for 21 just hit the web. It's the movie based on Ben Mezrich's book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. And as the title suggests, it's the true story of how a group of MIT guys created a system to count cards—and win an insane amount of money—playing blackjack. In real life it was actually a bunch of Asian guys. Hollywood's version, however, is another story. It's okay trailer, but damn.

We've been following along with the developement of this story from page to screen for several years now, so it became clear pretty early on that, in true Hollywood fashion, the main characters would all be changed to white people. That's racist! But it seems here that they've thrown us a bone by adding a few Asian American characters, played by Aaron Yoo and Liza LaPira. They appear to have pretty substantial roles... though obviously Kevin Spacey and the other pretty white folks are the ones who are meant to be front and center. Anyway, watch the trailer here, curse Hollywood, and lament with me over the movie that could've been.