Oliver Stone on Wall Street, Take Two
September 14, 2010
Gordon Gekko is back, and Oliver Stone discusses how the financial industry, including hedge funds, shaped his latest film.
By Andrew BloomenthalIt has been more than 20 years since Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” introduced Main Street to corporate takeovers, insider trading, and the slicked-back hair of iconic greed-meister Gordon Gekko, made famous by actor Michael Douglas. Now, against a backdrop of global market collapse, government bailouts and Ducati motorbikes, Stone’s new film, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” has Douglas reprising his character—with a meaty debut role for hedge funds, as well. Stone’s tale of backroom maneuverings, cutthroat deal-making and the global economic consequences has an authentic tone, thanks largely to contributions from a brigade of advisers to the film. Among them are London hedge fund manager Olaf Rogge, founder of Rogge Global Partners, who schooled Stone on the economics of hedge funds and their true profit potential, and former Securities and Exchange Commission deputy chief of staff Alex Cohen, whose participation in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy hearings served as...
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