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Oliver Stone Has Come To Accept That You Can’t Get Mad At Hedge Funds For Ruining Children’s Birthday Parties, Other Stuff; That’s Just What ‘Pigs’ Do

For the first anniversary of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, Bloomberg rang up Oliver Stone to see what’s been a’ poppin’ with the director of late and pick his brain about how things have been going in the finance world since the premiere. The interview touched on the fact that the original script had Josh Brolin playing an evil hedge fund manager, before Stone realized that it was the banks that did most of the heavy lifting with regard to bringing the global financial system to its knees (“[Hedge funds] are just the tail,” the filmmaker says. “The dog is wagging them. The big dog is these seven banks”). “You can’t condemn the hedge funders for doing what they’re doing,” was Stone’s response to the question of whether or not the hedge fund industry is deserving of blame for the crisis, indicating rational, lucid thought, and not those of someone who’s been drinking. But he wasn’t finished.

Stone’s full quote was:

“You can’t condemn the hedge funders for doing what they’re doing. If they’re gonna be pigs they’re pigs, wrecking birthday parties and all that.”

So. Re: the birthday parties, and the notion of how they can be ruined, what kind of picture does he have going in his mind? Senor Robbins coming in and smashing cakes with a baseball bat? Paolo Pellegrini being hired to perform as a clown but getting high on the drive over and spending the whole time telling the kids about how he came up with the Paulson subprime trade? Does the “and all that” refer to general dickishness in life (changing lanes without signaling, going through the 10 items or less line with 16 items, etc) or is it still part of the birthday party scenario (bulldozing kids to get candy when the pinata breaks open, shouting “I have that, it sucks” every time a present is unwrapped)?

‘Wall Street’ Director Stone Says Banks Still Selfish, Arrogant: Interview [Bloomberg via BI]

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138 Responses to “Oliver Stone Has Come To Accept That You Can’t Get Mad At Hedge Funds For Ruining Children’s Birthday Parties, Other Stuff; That’s Just What ‘Pigs’ Do”

  1. Anonymous says:

    “Untitled”. As awesome as a blank canvas. It is beautiful already in its stark whiteness.

  2. DJ Rajy Raj Raj says:

    Its my party and I will lie if I want to!

  3. DJ Rajy Raj Raj says:

    Its my party and I will lie if I want to!

  4. DJ Rajy Raj Raj says:

    Its my party and I will lie if I want to!

  5. Anonymous says:

    The arrogance of this guy is astounding…Making a crappy movie about Wall Street doesn’t make you uniquely qualified to comment on the financial industry.

    • Leonardo D. says:

      I know, right? He should be talking about the environment.

    • Working on Wall Street doesn’t always make you uniquely qualified to comment on the financial industry, either.

      As shocking as it may be, most people have a decent grasp of plenty of things not directly related to their job.

    • Working on Wall Street doesn’t always make you uniquely qualified to comment on the financial industry, either.

      As shocking as it may be, most people have a decent grasp of plenty of things not directly related to their job.

  6. PasteSpecialFormats says:

    Pigs don’t wreck birthday parties, they make them.

    -L Falcone

  7. Put_Option says:

    O. Stone: “This looks nice. I hope you didn’t spend to much on this anniversary gift, Shia.”

    S. LaQueef: “Well, I figured that ‘Creditability’ and ‘Plot’ were two vital characters missing from Money Never Sleeps”

  8. Put_Option says:

    O. Stone: “This looks nice. I hope you didn’t spend to much on this anniversary gift, Shia.”

    S. LaQueef: “Well, I figured that ‘Creditability’ and ‘Plot’ were two vital characters missing from Money Never Sleeps”

  9. True Story Police says:

    True story: Lou Zabel fondled my ‘toxic assets’ at my 10th birthday party.

  10. Proxyguy says:

    I had a pal who was a PA for stone in the ’90 – he was 420 24 7 according to her, and he also managed to purse her snatch.

  11. dixsie normous says:

    I have that it sucks– hysterical

  12. dixsie normous says:

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  14. dixsie normous says:

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  15. dixsie normous says:

    I have that it sucks– hysterical

  16. dixsie normous says:

    I have that it sucks– hysterical

    • Guest says:

      agreed. all the pictures painted by BL (PP as stoned clown, L-Train beating kids off for candy) should be receiving high praise.

  17. dixsie normous says:

    I have that it sucks– hysterical

  18. dixsie normous says:

    I have that it sucks– hysterical

  19. dixsie normous says:

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  20. Guest says:

    At least hedge funds do not write and direct crappy movies to fleece kids of their birthday money.

    • Guest says:

      To be fair, if you’re the kind of kid who used his birthday money to see Wall Street 2, you totally deserved it as (probably not) the first in a long line of money-losing bad decisions.

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