Veteran film, television, and theater actor Christopher McDonald, of The Squeeze, shares three of his favorite moments from his stay at Wynn and encore. McDonald starred as a dapper villain called Riverboat in the first independent movie to be filmed at Wynn and Encore, this spring's The Squeeze, whose climactic scenes were shot last December at the Wynn Golf club. "First thing you experience when you walk through the doors at Wynn is the exquisite taste of the place," says McDonald. "There’s something about the intimacy and the exquisiteness that makes it special. This is a cut above. You just kinda go, 'This is gonna be a fun one.'"
1. The Wynn Golf Club
"We were shooting on the Wynn golf course for three or four days. When we first went to check out the five holes we'd be shooting on—our director, Terry Jastrow, had scouted and was showing us around—Mr. Wynn was out hitting balls, and I thought, This is fantastic. It was the first time I'd met him. He was delightful, smart, engaging... and he hit a pretty good ball. I was impressed. But talk about a beautiful course. It’s gorgeous, and challenging but accommodating at the same time. I love the game. It frustrates me... but when my handicap goes up, that just means i’m working too much and I don’t have time to get out there and hit the ball."
2. Le Réve—The Dream
"There's something about a Vegas show—it’s so much pizzazz. My wife came in for a few days while we were shooting, and on my night off we went to see Le Rêve. It blew us away how these amazing acrobat athletes do this kind of thing. It was really beautiful, fun, entertaining, sexy, and, of course, wet…. it's incredible. And I appreciate what they’re doing, because it’s not easy and they do it eight, 10 times a week. I don’t know how they pull it off. I take my hat off to those guys. They are the true athletes of our business."
3. Steak at Botero
"The dining at Wynn is exceptional. You go to a place like Botero.... I just can’t get over how great the food was. When you walk in, you see Fernando Botero's Seated Lady, and it’s stunning and adds to the ambiance, but the steaks—they just melt in your mouth. We went there three nights, and I had three different steaks. I had the filet mignon, of course, and a 28-day-aged New York strip and a 45-day-aged bone-in rib eye. Plus the wine was going down pretty easy that night. I think I know something about wine—I go to Napa every year—but we had a guy with us from Chicago who’s a producer and he knew wine inside and out. He picked a great pairing, and it was just a spectacular dining experience."