Wall Street scams get personal in Richard Gere's Arbitrage
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - In the new drama film drama Arbitrage, Richard Gere brings shady Wall Street dealings to the big screen as a hedge fund titan trying to cover up huge losses from a risky copper investment.
The film recalls real-life scandals and high-flying bankers who made headlines and brought populist scorn to Wall Street during the recent financial crisis. While the public may be hungry to watch the downfall of a greedy banker, Gere's character in the movie that opens in United States (US) theaters on Friday isn't an all-around bad guy.
Fictional billionaire Robert Miller "is not an evil person,"insists the 63-year-old star of Pretty Woman and Chicago. But, Gere admits, the chief executive officer does "spend his life believing his own hubris" and, along the way, "makes very bad decisions."
Despite Miller's illegal misdeeds and immense wealth, audiences see a humanness they relate to, Gere said.