Pawn Sacrifice Featurette: Tobey Maguire Plays a Paranoid Chess Master

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A fantastic Pawn Sacrifice featurette has been released, introducing the story of Bobby Fischer, a competitive chess master who found himself caught between two superpowers when the powers that be pushed him to challenge the Soviet Empire.

“It’s about this inevitable confrontation between genius and madness,” explains director Edward Zwick. Indeed, as the featurette shows, Fischer’s mental well-being deteriorated the more famous he became and the more he took part in the international conflict between the U.S.A. and the Empire. Paranoia kicked into full gear, but as actor Liev Schreiber points out: “Imagine you’ve become accustomed to thinking 150 moves ahead and that that cognitive process goes into your normal life, perhaps you might be a little paranoid too.”

Pawn Sacrifice marks a somewhat smaller film for director Zwick, who’s been at the helm of more epic fare like Glory, Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, and Blood Diamond.

While it remains to be seen whether or not the film delivers as a whole, it looks pretty clear that Maguire is putting in a strong and emotional turn here. His performance alone has us in line.

Pawn Sacrifice will be getting a U.S. release on September 18.

Synopsis for Pawn Sacrifice:

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

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