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Yearning for lonely roles

Actress Constance Wu was on a lookout for a deeply lonely character, and was glad she got to do it with ‘Hustlers’. Wu essays role of Destiny in the movie, which also stars Jennifer Lopez.

“I had been looking to play a character who was deeply lonely, because of how our culture causes such loneliness,” Wu said.

“We need stories about that. Destiny is so beautiful to me because of her solitude, and the ways she tried to pretend her way out of it seemed counter intuitive, but also so very human,” she added.

There were many challenges awaiting the actors who portray the exotic dancers.

“My muscles have never been so sore as when I trained on that pole,” Wu said while describing her experiences while training to learn the precise and specific moves. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, the heist thriller is based on a 2015 New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler. The film is about a group of strippers in New York City who begin to drug stock traders and business honchos who visit their club, in order to steal their money. The story is set against the backdrop of the 2008 recession.

‘Hustlers’, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival this year, also stars Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B.


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