In episode four of the first season of 'Luck,' Marcus fakes being near death, as a way to get Lonnie and Renzo to retrieve Jerry from the private poker game with Leo Chan.
Your character is the one person we really see in the throes of a gambling addiction on the show.
Especially in this episode.
How did you get inside what drives Jerry to this dark place?
I had a broad-strokes conversation with David Milch about who Jerry was and what he's capable and incapable of. The gambling and degree to which someone self-destructs or implodes or starts the decline into that addiction is really just a symptom of one's self worth. When we got into shooting the gambling, that was my own personal research. I never really gambled - certainly not playing poker. I'd casually bet on a football game or joined a pool. But I really wanted to capture desperation. The hope that people walk into poker halls with and the despair they leave with was something I researched by actually visiting these poker halls.