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Meet The Hustlers Cast & The Real People That Inspired Their Characters
Every once in a while a movie comes along and the cast is so stacked with amazing people you just have to see it — and it’s even better when the cast is predominantly women. Hustlers — which is loosely based on a true story about strippers, well, hustling — features some of our favorite actresses ever, along with a few up and coming actresses who have only just begun to make names for themselves (and we can’t wait to see where they go next). The Hustlers cast is so great, you’re either going to want to be one of the women in the movie, or be friends with all the women in the movie just to be in their presence... criminal element aside.
Hustlers, which is inspired by The Cut’s story “The Hustlers at Score,” follows a single mom, Destiny (played by Constance Wu), who turns to stripping to support her family. She meets a veteran stripper, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), and the two start working together to really bring in the big bucks. And I mean like, huge bucks. The two set out on a long-con, with a handful of other accomplices, to literally take the men of New York City for all their worth, or as much as they can max out on their credit cards. It’s a story of stealing from the rich to give to themselves. Or as the original The Cut article called them, "modern day Robin Hoods."
Here’s a who’s who on the big screen, and who they're based on in real life.
Lizzo plays a wise-cracking stripper who plays the flute. Lizzo is not a stripper, but her style doesn't stray far from her wardrobe in the film (she's literally posted photos with the same black x pasties from the movie), she is a twerking flute player, and the character's name is basically a chiller version of her actual name: Liz.
The Real Tracey... Doesn't Exist
There's not necessary a real Tracey, but Tracey's subplot involves the very real struggle of working as a stripper while trying to maintain a relationship with a jealous boyfriend.
And the character's name, Tracey, is clearly inspired by Lysette.
The Real Dawn A.k.a. "Marjorie"
Dawn is a late recruit to Ramona and Destiny's scheme, when the duo realize they need to outsource and bring in more help.
Dawn is most likely based on "Marjorie" from the original Hustlers article, who ended up confessing to fleecing the man who brought the whole operation down on tape (unbeknownst to her at the time, of course).
The Real Doug A.k.a. "Fred"
Doug is the guy who brought the whole scheme down. In the movie, they call him "Doug [Bleep]" but in the original article, Pressler gave him another name: "Let's call him Fred" she wrote of the 40-something finance guy who called Keo pleading for her to credit back his mortgage payment.
Hustlers Cast Vs The Real People They Are Based On