Which Hollywood Stars Would be in the Ultimate Financial Crisis Movie?

Which Hollywood stars would be in the ultimate financial crisis movie? And would it be a drama or a comedy?

Timothy Geithner

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

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.


Barack Obama

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

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.

Alan Greenspan

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

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

David Cameron: British Prime Minister

DRAMA: Colin Firth, should be old hat playing upper crust Brits.

COMEDY: Ricky Gervais. 'nuff said.

Warren Buffett

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

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

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

Jim Flaherty: Canadian Minister of Finance

DRAMA: Nathan Lane. Doppelgänger.

COMEDY: Nathan Lane (now think Birdcage)

Angela Merkel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. :)

Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee
...is an independent consultant to the financial services industry and a personal finance commentator. You can learn more about Preet at his personal website and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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  • defriesen

    Awesome choices Preet.  And I’m all in for the comedy as well.  Jason Segel as Roubini.  Angela Lansbury as Angela Merkel.  Can you imagine her dealing with Greece?  Thanks for the laugh.

    • Preet

      You’re right, Segel kinda looks like Roubini. Having Lansbury as Merkel is a great choice too – I could totally see that. I had thought about Kate Mulgrew (Mrs. Columbo) for the dramatic role, but Streep is just too good.

  • BonnieShulman

    Any movie starring Nathan Lane and Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen and Jerry Stiller and Larry David would be the world’s best movie ever. Or second best ever. After Spinal Tap.

    • Preet

       @BonnieShulman lol – hard to beat Spinal Tap! The budget for a movie like this would be off the chart though (just based on actor pay).

  • My Own Advisor

    Outstanding pics!  Definitely like the call on Stiller for Greenspan. 

    • Preet

       @My Own Advisor He really would be epic in a role like that lol

  • Greg Ferguson

    Hey Preet,
     How about John Turturro as Dick Fuld (infamous head of Lehman Brothers at the collapse)? Think he’d be perfect in that role.
     Have you heard that Ashton Kusher has been cast to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming bio-pic? What is your opinion on that one?

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