Which Hollywood stars would be in the ultimate financial crisis movie? And would it be a drama or a comedy?
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
DRAMA: Mad Men's John Slattery. He'd need to dye his hair, but he is a dead ringer otherwise.
COMEDY: Will Ferrell. C'mon - worth the price of admission alone.
Nouriel Roubini - Dr. Doom, one of the most cited, pessimistic (realistic?), economists during the crisis
DRAMA: Saul Rubinek (Seen here playing Kivas Fajo from Star Trek TNG)
COMEDY: Sacha Baron Cohen. You may know him from roles such as Borat (pictured here), Bruno, the French F1 driver in Talladega Nights, and more.
U.S. President Barack Obama
DRAMA: Harry Lennix - you might remember him as Commander Locke in The Matrix Reloaded
COMEDY: Samuel L Jackson, mostly because it would just be badass. Imagine a performance that builds to a crescendo like his storytelling in the kid's book, Go the #uck to Sleep.
Hank Paulson (Former US Treasury Secretary)
DRAMA: Bruce Willis. While known more for action roles, his on screen presence in dramatic roles can't be denied.
COMEDY: Larry David (of Seinfeld fame). Just picture him in that scene from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in the boardroom with all the bank heads.
Former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan
DRAMA: George Burns. The resemblance is uncanny.
COMEDY: Jerry Stiller (George Costanza's dad in Seinfeld). Imagine him testifying to congress and saying, "YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME? YOU GOT IT!"
Ben Bernanke: Current U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman
DRAMA: Stanley Tucci. A finer actor is hard to come by. Paul Giamatti did a great turn playing Bernanke, but I've got plans for him. :)
COMEDY: Bill Murray. He would be brilliant. He was awesome in Zombieland if you haven't seen it.
David Cameron: British Prime Minister
DRAMA: Colin Firth, should be old hat playing upper crust Brits.
COMEDY: Ricky Gervais. 'nuff said.
Warren Buffett: The Oracle of Omaha
DRAMA: Ernest Borgnine (even thought he couldn't fly Airhawk with the turbo boost). I'm not sure if this should also be a comedy candidate.
COMEDY: Denver Pyle (Uncle Jessie from The Dukes of Hazard). Not 100% on this either, I just liked the picture. Finding both a dramatic and comedic actor for Warren was tough, but perhaps I'm missing the obvious choices? Feel free to chime in down below.
Jim Cramer: Host of CNBC's Mad Money
DRAMA: Paul Giamatti. Bernanke can't be half as fun to play as Cramer.
COMEDY: Louis CK (You NEED to see his internet comedy special BTW). His voice is even similar to Cramer's. I saw him on Letterman one night and he had me in stitches. His comedy routines on Youtube are a great way to lose a day (and a few pounds from laughing so hard.)
Mark Carney: Bank of Canada Governor, Head of the Financial Stability Board
DRAMA: George Clooney. The resemblance is uncanny.
COMEDY: Norm Macdonald, seen here playing Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy on SNL... and that's just how he should play Carney in a comedy. If only there was some way to bring in Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek in addition to being Geithner... :)
Jim Flaherty: Canadian Minister of Finance
DRAMA: Nathan Lane. Doppelgänger.
COMEDY: Nathan Lane (now think Birdcage)
Angela Merkel: German Chancellor
DRAMA: Meryl Streep, because there isn't anything she can't do.
Comedy: Lisa Lampanelli, insult comic and celebrity roaster. The Chancellor of Comediennes.
Nicolas Sarkozy: French President
DRAMA: Sean Penn. Some similar features.
COMEDY: Robert Downey, Jr. Also some similar features, but putting the "Downey, Jr." stamp on the role would be priceless.
Jean-Claude Trichet: Former President of the ECB
DRAMA: Steven Gilborn (The hard assed math teacher from The Wonder Years who we all secretly looked up to.)
COMEDY: Surely you can't be serious picking Leslie Nielsen? Yes I can, and don't call me Shirley.
Mario Draghi: New President of the ECB
DRAMA: A young Al Pacino. What a mind job.
COMEDY: Mr. Bean as played by Rowan Atkinson. Also a mind job.
Silvio Berlusconi: Former Italian Prime Minister
DRAMA: Tony Soprano aka James Gandolfini
COMEDY: Christopher Walken. The Man. The Legend. This particular photo is from the SNL "Cow Bell" sketch. Will Ferrell is also great in that particular scene.
Tony Blair: Former British Prime Minister
DRAMA: Michael Sheen. Heck, he already did a bang up job in The Queen.
COMEDY: Russell Brand. Let it sink in. This might seem a bit of a stretch, and I am open to suggestions for replacements for any roles mentioned on the page, but I think the injection of Brand's special brand of comedy would be welcome.
Bernie Madoff - Multi billion dollar ponzi scheme fraudster currently in prison where he will probably never sit down again
DRAMA: Cousin Larry from Perfect Strangers (Mark Linn-Baker). An obscure one, but bang on the money looks wise.
- COMEDY: Robin Williams. GOOD MORNING MANHATTAN! He could probably pull off playing Madoff in a dramatic role as well.
What Do You Think?
Feel free to leave a comment with alternate suggestions. I don’t know about you, but I think I would line up to see the comedy first. :)