Okay people, I get that these last couple days have proven that we are a nation of idiots who can't find their way out of a paper bag with a butcher knife, let alone solve the economic crisis before us, but I'm thinking that when we start turning to fictional characters for the answers, it's a sign that we should just pack it in and leave. Yesterday at a press conference at the U.N., a reporter attempted to get some light shed on the "financial Armageddon on Wall Street" by markets guru...Michael Douglas. And, no, I'm not arguing that actors don't have the brain capacity to tackle such topics, because the reporter was speaking to him as though he was Gordon Gekko.
"Are you saying Gordon that greed is not good?" he, I shit you not, pressed on. "I'm not saying that," Douglas replied. "And my name is not Gordon. He's a character I played 20 years ago." Which leads me to another thing-- if we're going to start doing this-- and apparently we are-- lets at least get actors who will play along, and stay in character. Off the top of my head, I'm thinking Gary Busey would be game, in the role of Buddy Holly. Or the highway patrolman from Fear and Loathing. He knows a lot about this shit.