Throwback Thursday: Gordon Gekko, the Hero?

0 Posted by - December 15, 2011 - Career & Business, Economics, Film & Television, Money

michael douglas street l 225x300 Throwback Thursday: Gordon Gekko, the Hero?*Written by Rob Rimes.

Gordon Gekko affected me as a child. When I first saw the film ‘Wall Street’, I was around nine or ten-years-old. I remember my father watching it on HBO or Showtime. I certainly didn’t understand the film at that time but I do remember my first impression of Gordon Gekko and knowing, even at that young age, that the film misrepresented him and made him the villain when in reality, he was the hero.. or at least, the anti-hero. I didn’t know why he was the hero at the time, I just remember being somewhat afraid of him but also respecting him and seeing him as sort of a mentor. Granted he was a mentor to Bud Fox in the film but I saw him as a mentor to the film’s audience. Something about that character stuck with me and became a weird obsession. I didn’t know what he meant with his “greed”speech but I knew it was important and the most pivotal point in the film. It was ‘Wall Street’ and Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko that really got me into being a huge fan of film on a more intimate level. ‘Indiana Jones’, Hammer Horror, Back to the Future and ‘Predator’ mixed with Oliver Stone’s masterpiece ‘Wall Street’ made me want to be a filmmaker.

I never became a filmmaker, unless you count videos of me chugging vodka and shooting bottle rockets from my mouth on YouTube as real cinema, but I did become a writer. Often times I would write outlines and even scripts for films that I wanted to make. At 15, I started to write a script called ‘Gekko’ which was a sequel to ‘Wall Street’ that had a time traveling twist to it. Essentially, the film ended with Gordon Gekko, as a member of the “Greed Party” defeating FDR and Herbert Hoover in the presidential race of 1932. Yeah, it was a fucking horrible idea and I think I used the script as scrap paper for another project I started writing; I think that one was about vampires and the Culper Ring during the Revolutionary War. Anyway, Gekko obviously affected me and influenced some of my creative endeavors during high school.

As I got older, I was more of a liberal shit. Still, something about Gekko continued to resonate with me. At that point in my life, I had more of a mentality like Bud Fox and his father but deep down, I knew they were wrong. I mean, Bud Fox was a snitch and a bitch in the end and with that, he lost any street cred he could’ve potentially had. As I educated myself, learned the ways of the world and experienced things, I became a libertarian. In many ways I have also become an objectivist. Having that stance and knowing what I know, I truly understand why Gordon Gekko was the hero of the story in ‘Wall Street’, contrary to what the director himself tried to convey.

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