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Martin Scorsese On Chuck Tatum

He picks five characters who laid it all on the line for their artistic vision.

Played by Kirk Douglas
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Director: Billy Wilder

Worn-out reporter Tatum sees a big score in the plight of a trapped miner, and he schemes to tragic effect as he tries to milk the story for everything it's worth.

"Chuck Tatum is a very modern kind of reporter. He'll do whatever it takes, spy on whomever he has to spy on. He has them take the long way to find the miner, just because it's better for the story."

A version of this article appeared in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine.