It’s been 12 years since the hit film Rounders became an instant cult classic and turned Edward Norton and Matt Damon into poker icons – they even played in the 1998 World Series of Poker the year the movie came out! If anyone should be able to find a good poker game, it should be these two. That’s not quite the case … at least for Edward.
Instead of playing poker, Ed’s been busy supporting arts education, including this weekend’s Art for Life Benefit sponsored by Bombay Sapphire at Russell Simmon’s East Hampton Estate.
“I’ve tended to pick up things that I’ve encountered at random,” Ed told OK! of his personal art collection. “There a Czech artist I really like named František Skála. He’s really good. I have some really neat things that he made.”
We can’t think of a place better suited for the art-supporting poker icon than New York art gallery Marlborough Chelsea’s poker game this week during artist William Powhida’s exhibit. So why isn’t Ed jumping on it?
“It’s been awhile,” he says. “I mean, theoretically I still have my skills but I haven’t put them to the test in a while.”
So why not?
“Just haven’t found a game.”
Perhaps he’s busy with his important charitable efforts. After all, Edward was appointed by President Obama to the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities along with fellow celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington and Forest Whitaker.
“Promoting investment in arts education is one of our core missions,” he explained.
That’s a cause we’ll gladly ante up for.