Archive | October 2011

Hollywood’s Favorite Villain

They call it show business, but in American movies, business has long been portrayed as evil incarnate. Why is the new film ‘Margin Call’ trying something different?

I’m quoted in a Wall Street Journal Article on a new movie coming out, Margin Call:

…”Margin Call,” opening Oct. 21, is different. A low-budget movie with a high-powered cast, its Wall Street characters are flawed, cynical—but, for once, actually human…Set during the height of the 2008 financial crisis, the film has an ensemble cast that includes Mr. Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci. It zeroes in on a group of executives trying to save their 107-year-old financial institution from imminent collapse: notably by selling off billions of dollars in mortgage-backed securities in a single day, before the bottom falls out of the market…

I comment on the evolving public perceptions of business and executives. You can read the full article in Friday’s Wall Street Journal here.

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