Sony Pictures Classics just released the trailer for Jockey, about a man named Jackson (Clifton Collins Jr.) whose body collapsed at the end of his career. He’s determined to try his luck for the championship, but things get a bit tricky. There’s a newcomer who just came on the scene, and he claims to be Jackson’s son. Let’s roll!
The official synopsis reads: “An aging jockey (Clifton Collins Jr.) hopes to win one last title for his longtime trainer (Molly Parker), who has acquired what appears to be a championship horse. But the years – and injuries – have taken their toll on her body, calling into question her ability to pursue her lifelong passion. And the arrival of a young rookie rider (Moises Arias), who claims to be his son, and whom he takes under his wing, further complicates the path to the realization of his dream.
Jockey stars Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker, Moises Arias, Logan Cormier and Colleen Hartnett. The film was directed by Clint Bentley, who also wrote the screenplay with Greg Kwedar.
Clifton Collins Jr. has been a very busy actor. He also stars in Guillermo del Toro’s new film, Alley of nightmares. Speaking of the movies, he says, “Near the start of the pandemic, I remember mentioning to my manager, wouldn’t it be funny if we finally got Jockey cut together and it comes out, and Guillermo finally gets Alley of nightmares, and then we come out of the pandemic and we’re kind of where we are now, and suddenly I have to bring in some publicists and do a circuit and all that. And that for a crazy idea?
To play his role as Jackson, Collin Jr. spent his time on the track with the jockeys and lost 11 pounds from his already slender figure. For jockeys, every ounce counts. “If I was feeling crazy, I would have had a peanut M&M or two, but I’m having a hard time even telling you. It’s true. I cheated. There is a little shame. The idea of ”freaking”, as jockeys call it, meaning to empty your stomach just before the race, was considered, but ultimately passed on. “I thought about it for a minute. I wanted to be able to turn around without using my finger. I wanted to be able to do what real G’s do.”
He also used his horse racing knowledge gleaned from his father during his early childhood. “On the weekends he showed up,” Collins says, his father would pick him up from the trailer park, pick up supplies from the liquor store, and drive to Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, California. “It’s not the ideal weekend. Your dad is confused with his boys and he taught you that you have to do math word problems, basically. What is the weight of the jockey? Did he win the last time? What were the track conditions like? It was raining ? Was it muddy? Which lead was that? Did he place, win or show? I’m 9, you know?
Jockey won over festival audiences, with many declaring it to be the Oscar-winning film from Clifton Collins Jr. With so many performances from actors hailed as the best, this could be a photo finish! Jockey will open Dec. 29 in Los Angeles and New York City nationwide in the New Year.
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