As rumor and speculation grows, Hollywood is buzzing on when the movie of “Bernie Madoff” the Wall Street scammer, is going to be made. Also, who would star in it? Would Michael Douglas reprise is role as a “Gordon Gekko” type and star as Bernie Madoff? Or is he to young? Michael Douglas a Libra, is 64 years old. Who would produce the movie? Oliver Stone?
For all you movie buffs, Gordon Gekko was a fictional character from the 1987 film Wall Street by director Oliver Stone. Gekko was portrayed by actor-producer Michael Douglas, in a performance that won him an Oscar for Best Actor. Gekko may return in Money Never Sleeps which is currently in pre-production.
Gekko has become a symbol in popular culture for unrestrained greed (with the signature line, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good”), often in fields outside corporate finance.
This week it has emerged that Madoff was – and let’s get the obligatory parlour game reference out of the way now – a mere one degree of separation from Kevin Bacon. The actor and his wife Kyra Sedgwick were massive Madoff investors, and though their spokesman refuses to elaborate on specific details, there is speculation that the well-liked couple might have lost everything bar the land they own and the contents of their current accounts.
Alas, it doesn’t stop there. This one goes all the way to Mr Spielberg himself, whose Wunderkinder Foundation has also taken an unspecified hit, along with his DreamWorks colleague Jeffrey Katzenberg.
So already we have a producer, a director and an actor with a personal motivation for telling the Madoff story on the big screen – and the project could be scripted by fellow multimillion-dollar victim Eric Roth, the guy who wrote the Forrest Gump screenplay. And who is presumably discovering that Mama’s homily “life is like a box of chocolates” is not quite the philosophical comfort he once averred.
Kevin Bacon and his wife should be angling to have a movie made. If it’s true they lost EVERYTHING, I really feel bad for them, that really really sucks. They seem like such a nice couple. Bernie Maddox, fry in hell.