Michael Douglas Talks Insider Trading
One of the world's most recognizable actors wants you to report crime to the FBI. Find out why his partnership with the agency is sort of ironic.
Well, this seems a little odd: Wall Street crook Gordon Gekko is set to team with the FBI to combat insider trading. After all, he's the person who uttered one of the most famous lines in movie history.
"The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good," Gekko said.
Okay, fine — Gekko isn't a real person, he just represents corrupt financial types. However, the man who played him in the '80s classic is working with the FBI to prevent fraud.
Michael Douglas did a PSA for the government agency to encourage whistleblowers to come forward to their local FBI offices.
"Our economy is increasingly dependent on the success and the integrity of the financial markets. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is," he said in the spot. "The movie was fiction, but the problem is real."
However, one lawyer said tipsters will lose out on reward money if they go that route to report fraud.
"If they just go to the FBI, they are probably going to get zero," lawyer David K. Colapinto told the Washington Post. "The FBI's not obligated to do anything for them."
Don't be mistaken, though — the husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones liked playing a bad, bad boy.
"Of all the parts I've played, Gekko is the one people approach me about the most. Oliver [Stone, Wall Street director] and I talk about this a lot, and we still don't know how it happened," the cancer survivor told the U.K. Telegraph in 2010. "It's very bizarre, but I have to say I like Gordon Gekko. He's a great bad guy, and it's great to be bad."
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