Roselyn Keo begins our chat by citing Oprah. Lo-led film, Hustlers , out today. In it, Constance Wu plays Destiny, a character inspired by Keo and her real story as a dancer turned Madam—one who swindled wealthy strip club clientele for more than just their sweaty wads of dollar bills. Lo as the character Ramona in the movie. Keo retired her platform heels when she had a daughter with her on-again-off again boyfriend in With the help of her partner Samantha and Craigslist Rosie formed a team of girls to help show men a night they'd likely forget.
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Lopez, 50, portrays Ramona — a likeness of Samantha Barbash — in Hustlers , the head of a successful strip club who devises a scheme to steal from her Wall Street clients after the recession hits. The story is told through the eyes of Destiny, played by Wu, which was inspired by the story of Roselyn Keo. Keo became a stripper to make ends meet and care for her young daughter when she met Barbash and conspired with her for their money-making schemes. Stiles plays Jennifer, a journalist who interviews Wu's Destiny about the scheme.
In Hustlers , Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu play a pair of savvy New York City strippers who hatch a criminal plot to turn profits after the financial crash. The plan? The movie was written by Lorene Scafaria and inspired by two real-life hustlers profiled by Jessica Pressler in a feature for New York magazine. Her body was Jessica Rabbit curvy, her lips Angelina Jolie puffy; her hair, which concealed tattoos of a cascade of stars running down her neck, was Cleopatra black.
She just wishes that the film would have depicted a more accurate version of herself—which would have been difficult considering Barbash declined to participate in production. Why would I? At the end of the day, I have bags that are worth more than what they wanted to pay me. Barbash got around to seeing the film on Saturday evening at an IPIC theater in Manhattan, flanked by her year-old son, other family members, and friends. Barbash has reason to play it cool about the Hollywood close-up she says is not so accurate.