How serious? Fictional characters-as-deterrents serious, if that tells you anything.
Gordon Gekko, the character played by actor Michael Douglas in the movie “Wall Street,” is the New York FBI office’s newest weapon in its arsenal to combat insider trading. The message from Douglas in a public service announcement to be unveiled today won’t be “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” In a first for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Douglas, reprising his role in the 1987 film, will urge fund managers and Wall Street analysts to avoid taking the same route to the federal penitentiary as his character does, FBI Special Agent David Chaves said in an interview on Feb. 24... “We thought one of the most revered actors of our time would be a great voice for combating crime on Wall Street.”
Should the experiment prove successful, upcoming spots will feature Vin Diesel and the guys who played Randolph and Mortimer Duke reprising their respective roles, as well as Alec Baldwin, just because the Feds love that one scene.
Douglas’s Gordon Gekko Is New FBI Crusader [Bloomberg]