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Hollywood turns Indonesia's 'Gold' mining scandal into movie

Masajeng Rahmiasri
Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, September 17, 2016  /  10:35 am
Hollywood turns Indonesia's 'Gold' mining scandal into movie

A still of Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells in 'Gold'. (The Weinstein Company/File)

Gold, a Hollywood film based on a past gold mining scandal in Indonesia is set to premiere in US cinemas on Dec. 25.

Directed by Stephen Gaghan, the movie repackages the Bre-X gold mining scandal that happened in the country during the 1990s. That time, Bre-X Minerals Ltd. claimed that it had found gold in the land of Busang in East Kalimantan. Its once penny-sized stocks then rose and rose, bringing in billions of dollars to the company following the announcement. However, it was found out later that the discovery was merely a fraud.

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The film's cast is quite phenomenal, which include Matthew McConaughey as unsuccessful businessman Kenny Wells, Édgar Ramírez as geologist Michael Acosta and Bryce Dallas Howard as Wells' girlfriend. In order to fit more into his character, award-winning actor McConaughey changed his appearance quite drastically, such as gaining weight and sporting a near-bald hairdo.

However, despite the scandal having happened on Indonesian soil, it has been reported that the film was produced in the woods of Thailand instead. (kes)

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