Maryland's own Edward Norton, Matt Damon's co-star in the cult gambling favorite "Rounders" (1997) -- a virtual paean to Damon's poker face -- remembers that production as one of the happiest and easiest in his career, and has called Damon, "just a stone-cold good actor. I don't want to say facile - what's the positive word for facile? He's incredibly agile. You can go over here or over there, and he's right with you. ... "
Let's hope they're both getting ready for "Rounders 2."
Harvey Weinstein has put "Rounders," along with "Shakespeare in Love" and "Bad Santa," at the top of a list of films he hopes will provide sequels for a new agreement between Miramax and The Weinstein Company.
As of last Friday, the only talents he had talked to so far from any of the original movies were Damon and Norton.
"Rounders 2" would give Norton a chance to do another intelligent genre piece while he's gearing up for more ambitious projects like his adaptations of Jonathan Lethem's "Motherless Brooklyn" and Stephen Ambrose's "Undaunted Courage."
In the original "Rounders," he and Damon generated a smart, unpredictable chemistry; the film alternated, engagingly, between buddy movie and anti-buddy movie.
I bet fans would turn out to see them play poker again or even take up another game.
Is this one sequel worth waiting for?