'Margin Call' is now in theaters (and available via on-demand), but if you were hoping the financial drama demonizes Wall Street bankers, some bad news. Despite the current climate of social unrest embodied by the Occupy Wall Street movement, 'Margin Call' remembers that even bankers are human beings.
"I think what's really exciting about what this movie subtly hints at is that like, money money money, yes, but these are people. These are individuals, and they happen to be the individuals who happened to make these choices," co-star Penn Badgley, who has joined in with the protestors at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, told The Huffington Post. "And frankly, a lot of individuals in this case probably would have made the same decision. I'm not in any way justifying what they did, but I think, in this time, it's important to not ever paint a crisis in black and white. The more you can look at the grey and play devil's advocate and think, 'Well what about the man who had to f-ck us all, basically?' The better you understand that, the better you understand how to solve this massive, seemingly unresolved problem."
This lack of scapegoating is in large part due to writer/director JC Chandor, whose father spent 40 years in the financial industry. "You don't have the whole sort of modern financial system around-the-world-risk collapse, so that there wasn't money coming out of ATMs -- you don't have that come from some sort of criminal behavior," he said. "There has to be a significant systemic issue."
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