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I have a question.
A movie producer says.
"It was leaving an executive job running a studio, and starting down
the road of being a riverboat gambler, which a producer is."
I guess "riverboat gambler" is figurative expression here.
Does he mean a producer's job used to maintain their business,
but started to change they would take a risk, like handling
movies that would cause certain problems??
OK, the following sentence is,
"And recognizing that you better suck all the marrow out of the bone when they work, because when they don’t work, they’re painful."
There is no sentence before.
Another producer says "The film was a really important
watershed in my life."
I think you've solved the problem.
If I understand correctly, "riverboat gambler" means to work as
an unstable employment or work in an unstable environment.
Thank you so much for your time and kind explanation.
In the old American west, a riverboat gambler worked on the paddlewheel steamers that usually went up and down the Mississippi River. They were very sophisticated, well mannered, well dressed gentlemen usually who made their living gambling for money. They lived by their wits, skill at playing cards (often cheating) and their skill with a gun since often they had to deal with people who were mad at losing their money to them.
Their life was exciting and unpredictable. Perhaps this is what the writer was referring to when he compared his new life to that of a Gambler.
Thank you very much for your detailed explanation about
"riverboat gambler" .
I think I can picture them now.
They may be the people who were depicted in a film