The poor provide a juicy target for anyone depraved enough to make a business of stealing from them. The trick is to rob them in ways that are systematic, impersonal and almost impossible to trace to individual perpetrators.
“Someone reminded me I once said greed is good,” says Michael Douglas as the infamous Gordon Gekko in this teaser trailer for Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.” But here’s the kicker, as he observes after spending years in the pokey: “Now it seems it’s legal.” Right you are, Mr. Gekko.
The “Real Time” host takes exception to American exceptionalism, the idea that Americans are unique and superior despite a penchant for poisoning, imprisoning and killing each other just to make a buck.
What would have happened to the likes of Gordon Gekko, the ultra-sharky villain of Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street,” in the current economic climate? We’re about to find out, as Stone and Michael Douglas, who first brought the unabashedly greedy Gekko to life in 1987, are gearing up to make a sequel to the classic financial cautionary tale.
What would Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate raider from Oliver Stone’s 1987 classic cautionary tale “Wall Street,” have to say about the current state of the American economy? Well, we just might find out.