EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MICHAEL MANN TALKS ABOUTHBO’S NEW DRAMA SERIES
, PREMIERING FEBRUARY 20 ON HBO
From acclaimed director Michael Mann and
creator David Milch, the nine-episode season of
, starring Oscar
winner Dustin Hoffman and Oscar
nominee Nick Nolte, premieres Sunday,February 20, 2012 at 9pm on HBO HD / 10pm on HBO.
is a behind-the-track look at the world of horse racing and gambling’s denizens
owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers. The pilot is directed by Mann and written by Milch, both of whom also serve asexecutive producers for the series. It was filmed at Santa Anita Park and other Los Angeles locations.
Q: Why did you decide to get involved in
MICHAEL MANN: The attraction for me was David Milch’s wonderful script and then to bring together andwork with Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Jill Hennessy…everybody else in thisoutstanding cast. What was challenging, directorially, about telling these stories was the ambition toimmerse audiences in the interior lives of the degenerate gamblers, trainers, owners, horses and AceBernstein…so they can experience this world with the intimacy of being inside of it. That’s what madeDavid’s material so challenging. That imperative determined all my choices in casting, shooting, editing,music…everything.
Q: Dustin plays the complex lead character, Chester “Ace” Bernstein. Why did you go toHoffman? What does he bring to the role?
MM: Dustin’s one of the great actors in American cinema. We’ve known each other and have wanted towork together for a long time. The excitement about Dustin playing Ace Bernstein is precisely because hehasn’t played this kind of a character before. He’s played characters – Ratso, Raymond – who aresomewhat reactive to circumstances and people. On the other hand, Ace is the bow that breaks thewaves. Ace is the man with the plan and knows more than he reveals about what’s going on. His motivesand moves are designed and precise, calculated. Ace sees the probabilities of the outcome of eventsspatially, as if equations are structures in the sky. He sees luck as preparation colliding with opportunity,and knows the probability of how most people will react. He’s a tough-minded individual, yet there is stillan openness to him. He’s capable of being moved by nature, by a horse, by a woman. He has repressed
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