Just like roulette, blackjack and poker once had their heyday thanks to their portrayal on the silver screen, casino craps is enjoying a Hollywood resurgence. In early July 2015, actresses Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart stole the runway at the Haute Couture fashion show organized by Chanel, which happened to be decorated in a playful casino theme.
As it happened, Miss Stewart sashayed down the runway and sat down at a craps table while enjoying puffs from a stylish Chanel cigarette holder. The casino craps table at this fashion show was not a prop; it was properly manned by a boxman, croupiers and and a stickman. Miss Stewart even got lucky and was photographed celebrating right before being joined by Miss Moore. Both actresses star in the critically acclaimed film Still Alice.
At the Sundance Film Festival, casino craps also made an appearance in the independent film production Mississippi Grind, starring Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds as a career gambler who makes a living at various gritty casinos along the Mississippi Delta. In this new movie, Reynolds’ character helps a fellow gambler whose luck has completely run out.
The game of craps has a long history in the Delta, where it was introduced by a legendary French gambler from New Orleans during the first quarter of the 19th century.
It is certainly refreshing to see the return of craps to the big screen. This happens to be one of the most cinematic casino games due to the high level of emotion and human appeal. Whereas roulette tends to be a little too atmospheric and card games require quiet concentration, the craps table welcomes emotion, smiling and celebration; these are human elements that filmmakers love to focus on.