Hustlers is another one of those stories that are so outrageous, you’d think they were made up. But writer/director Lorene Scafaria’s recent box office smash is not only extremely real, it hews pretty closely to the details given in journalist Jessica Pressler’s article “The Hustlers At Scores”. Even with that in mind, there are quite a few details that were skewed and/or omitted to cause some pretty big differences from reality to present themselves.
Some are just good old Hollywood story changes, while others are pretty integral to the way Hustlers’ story works out. The reality of the situation is well represented in the film, while diverging into some more Hollywood friendly tangents that paint a different picture. It’s those fabrications and alterations that we’ll be going into today, as we dive into the history behind the hustle.