Bobby Fischer was a legend, a master at chess, and one of the finest players to every move pieces around the board. But he was also troubled, controversial, and became increasingly unstable as he earned more fame and attention. And both his genius and the less savory aspects of his character are explored in “Pawn Sacrifice,” and today we have an exclusive clip from the drama.
Tobey Maguire leads the movie as Fischer, with the story tracking the development of his talent, his rise through the ranks, and his famous showdown with rival Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber). But helping the grandmaster along the way were big time lawyer Paul Marshall (Michael Stuhlbarg) and chess playing priest Father Bill Lombardy (Peter Sarsgaard). And in this scene, Paul urges Bill to join Fischer’s team, not only because the young man respects him, but also because the man of the cloth actually once beat the young man at chess.
“Pawn Sacrifice” opens on September 16th. Check out our exclusive clip along with another scene from the movie and a featurette.