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It’s just been announced that Rodrigo Santoro’s just been signed to the latest Will Smith vehicle, Focus. The film tells the story of a con artist (Smith) who starts a relationship with a young woman learning the tricks of the trade (Margot Robbie). However, their partnership falls apart and they go their separate ways.
A few years later, Smith is setting up a complicated heist in Buenos Aires when he is hired by the owner of an international racing team (Santoro) to improve his team’s performance. When Robbie enters the picture, the two men find themselves rivals for her attention and things start to get really complicated.
There’ve been a number of con artists on the big screen over the years. Here’s a selection of five of the best of them.

5. Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle – White Men Can’t Jump

White Men Can’t Jump stars Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as two streetball players who hustle for a living.

The film opens with a game of street basketball. Sidney Deane (Snipes) is leading his team and when one of the other team members injures themselves, he selects Billy Hoyle (Harrelson) to take his place, assuming that he can’t play well because he’s white. However, Billy proves him wrong, leading his team to victory before beating Sidney 1:1 in a best of five games.

It transpires that Billy earns money by hustling other street ballers who judge him because of his race and underestimate his abilities. Sidney convinces him to team up and the pair successfully hustle other players before dramatically losing – Sidney was hustling Billy all along.

Snipes and Harrison were trained by Bob Lanier for the film, a Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks legend. He was so impressed by their abilities that he rated them as having the ability of Division III college basketball. The film itself was much enjoyed by critics and audiences alike for bringing an extra edge to what could have been just another basketball movie.

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