Lawrence Fishburne is one the few actors who can play both the good guy and bad guy convincingly on the screen. Not many actors can do that. Some actors don’t have the persona to switch gears and be credible, but Fishburne showed how menacing he was as Ike Turner in “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” as Bumby Johnson in “Hoodlum,” and as well as his other roles in “Assault on Precinct 13” and “The Life and Death of Bobby Z.”
In his latest film, “21,” Fishburne plays Cole William, a casino security agent who becomes determined to take down the team who has been coming to Vegas and cheating the casino out of thousands of dollars, close to a million. Directed by Robert Luketic, cast also includes Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, and Jacob Pitts.
Fishburne, along with Spacey, who plays Mickey Rosa, the math professor and the founder of the blackjack team, talked about the roles they played and what they knew about the segregation that existed in Vegas decades ago.
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