You aren’t ready to find out the real identity of Michael Cera’s Player X in Molly’s Game. Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut tells the true story of Molly Bloom, who orchestrated a multi-million dollar underground poker game with a lot of celebrities sat at her table. One who takes a central role is an actor known as Player X, and while he’s played by Michael Cera in the film, the Scott Pilgrim star isn’t the real-life player.
In Molly Bloom’s book, which the film is based on, she names a number of Hollywood stars who could easily fill the role; Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire to name a few, but it’s the latter actor who people think is most likely to be the basis for Player X.
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In her memoir, Maguire’s name comes up a lot and not always in the nicest way. He was an avid player and responsible for bringing certain players to the table originally run by Molly’s former boss, who in the film goes by Dean Keith, a real estate agent who hires her to be his assistant in his office and at the poker game. The movie also implies that Player X had a lot of the power and brought heavy hitters in and that when Molly (Jessica Chastain) takes over the game it is his approval she needs to successfully pull off the coup. In Molly’s book, she claims that Maguire was integral to the setting up of her table and even lent her his own personal card shuffling machine to speed up hands.
This detail wasn’t included in the movie, or the fact that he allegedly asked her to bark like a seal in order to get a $1000 chip. However, it does show that Molly’s game was stolen by Player X, something the real Molly accused Maguire of. On the page, Bloom claims the actor started getting upset about the money she was making from tips so ended up telling his celeb pals to host their own game instead. In the film, Player X steals her game after Molly calls him out for running another player at her table and potentially ruining its integrity. “You’re so f*cked,” he tells her over the phone while she’s on her way to the empty hotel room that should have hosted her weekly game.
Aaron Sorkin says that Player X isn’t just one person, that he is an amalgamation of several celebrities who Molly wrote about. However, there seems to be another nod to it being Tobey; one of the insults Molly directs at Player X is calling him a “green-screen sh*t” and we all know how much Maguire was familiar with green screen when he played Spider-Man.
Maguire has yet to comment publicly about Molly’s Game.
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