Brad Pitt Is ‘Angry’ at the Finance Industry: ‘There’s Something Seriously Wrong’

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Actors of ‘The Big Short’ Talk About the Debt Crisis, in Beverly Hills.

Be still, our hearts! “I’m angry,” he tells PEOPLE at the New York City premiere of the upcoming film, The Big Short, which Pitt produced and plays a supporting role in. “I’m angry that so many people lost their homes,” he adds. “Families were put on the street, they lost their life savings, and yet no one was held accountable,” Pitt says. “No senior official was held accountable. That’s amazing.” Not only is Pitt angry, but he’s fearful for the future. “There’s something seriously wrong, you talk to the experts now and they say nothing’s changed.

— Besides starring in “The Big Short” — the forthcoming comic drama about the Wall Street outsiders who anticipated the subprime mortgage collapse and made a mint betting against the American economy — Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Finn Wittrock all have something else in common. Basically, how little they actually understood about the recent housing and credit bubble before researching their roles. “I thought I knew, but I didn’t really know anything at all,” Mr. To help moviegoers understand, the director Adam McKay, adapting Michael Lewis’s best-selling book of the same title, took a lively kitchen-sink approach.

Lewis also wrote Moneyball which was adapted for the screen in 2011 and also starred Pitt. “It was helping me understand it, because it’s so convoluted and so complex and it’s designed that way so the applicant doesn’t know what they’re getting into, and that’s a problem,” Pitt says. Real people have got to get over their intimidation with banking and have conversations about it.” To explain some of the jargon of finance, McKay has actress Margot Robbie define terms for the viewer while in a bubble bath, sipping champagne, which is just one of the ways McKay “made an entertaining film out of very dry material,” as Pitt put it.

In the film, Pitt plays a retired trader – and while the actor, who turns 52 this December, is far from retiring himself, he says the best thing about growing older is that, “you just get more and more chill.” And his costars certainly have no complaints working with a pro like Pitt. Wittrock’s Jamie Shipley, who is one half of a more bush-league investment team, enlists an ex-banker (Brad Pitt) to help his group capitalize on the impending crisis. Wittrock, 31, got together in a hotel room in Beverly Hills to swap stories about power-learning Wall Street jargon, what they learned from the traders they played and being part of a cast so sprawling — including Christian Bale — that many of its members never laid eyes on one another until the publicity tour. “I still haven’t met Christian yet,” Mr. He’d yell out things like, “Lay into him about your negative carry,” and I’d be like, [timidly] “Now?” CARELL It forces you to listen to one another.

You weren’t aware of, “This is your moment.” You could be giving it everything you have, and they could actually be shooting someone’s hands writing something on a desk. He was standing next to Steve, and I was totally blown away by what a great job Steve was doing — just his look, the nuances, things people won’t really know, because they won’t be familiar with [Mr. He explained the different cliques almost like a John Hughes movie would, or maybe “Mean Girls.” What brand you wear meant something in terms of where you’re at and who you are. CARELL [Takes a deep breath.] You have CDO A and CDO B, and you can combine those two and put them into a CDO C, which is then made up of CDO A and B.

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