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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

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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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