At the 2010 AFI Fest Presented Audi premiere of "Casino Jack," stars Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Jon Lovitz and Rachel Lefevre -- paid special tribute to their director, George Hickenlooper, who died of a heart attack Oct. 30 at age 47.

The film centers on hot shot Washington D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who goes down hard when his schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.

"It's very strange not having him standing next to me," Spacey told "Extra." "He was like a kid, fantastic to work with. He made an entertaining film that may shed some light on a process that needs to be cleaned up."

Hear what the others had to say about Hickenlooper and their film.

"Casino Jack" hustles its way into theaters Dec. 17. Watch the trailer!

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