Ben Mendelsohn was a stand out in the Netflix original series Bloodline. With a cast including Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard and Kyle Chandler he could have been dusted over but instead his portrayal of the slippery Danny became the crucial centerpiece to the complex unraveling story.
This fall Mendelsohn stars in the film Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds, Alfre Woodard and Sienna Miller. Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.
It’s a film about friendship, addiction, regret, family, and the paths we sometimes unexpectedly find ourselves on—told with empathy, humor, and a remarkable light touch by acclaimed filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of A Funny Story).