Didn’t Suck: Gordon Gekko
Posted by PJC on March 5, 2011
As the first official posting of this blog, why not start out with a classic 1980’s fictional icon? Who else, but Gordon Gekko. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, greed is good.
If this were a blog about things that sucked from the 2010’s, I’d do an article on how much the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps actually sucked. It’s not so much that the sequel was bad so much as Shia LeBeouf is HORRIBLE. He’s already got two strikes against him: he played a huge role in ruining the Indiana Jones legacy with that theatrical embarrasment that was Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the Wall Street legacy. But, I digress.
Rather, I’m discussing the first installment by Oliver Stone, “Wall Street,” starring Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko and Charlie Sheen (in his less coked-out days with less porn stars per-capita) as Bud Fox. This movie is, without question, in the top five of the best 1980’s movies.
In this movie, Charlie Sheen’s character, Bud Fox, plays a hungry stockbroker trying to “bag the elephant” by landing Michael Douglas’ character, Gordon Gekko, as a client. A fantastic performance for Charlie Sheen who also has some great scenes with Martin Sheen, who also plays his father in the movie.
But this article isn’t about Charlie Sheen and his “Bi-Winning” personality that we have all come to aspire to these last few days. It’s about Gordon Gekko.
Gordon Gekko is a day-trader on Wall Street who makes $15,000,000 on a bad day, smokes great cigars, rides around in classic 80’s Cadillac Limos:
And turned 80’s stockbroker fashion into an absolute icon (that is still, arguably, fashionable today):
But perhaps the coolest thing he had was his 1980’s Motorola “cellular” phone, which will also be the topic of a future article on this blog:
So, if you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend you add it to your Netflix. And move it to the top of your queue.