Take a stroll through downtown New York City today and you’ll find thousands of angry protestors camping in the Financial District, rallying together to demand change in the way businesses are allowed to operate in their country. The Occupy Wall Street movement was born out of the economic meltdown America suffered in the late 2000s—a crisis OWS believes could been prevented.
There are a lot of grand ideas and detailed statistics wrapped around the current economic feud brewing in the US, and trying to sift through the information is a daunting task. Thankfully, this week sees the release of a movie that strives to clear a few things up.
Although Margin Call was written and shot by director J.C. Chandlor before the protests began (the movie premiered at Sundance back in January), the movie speaks volumes to what the OWS movement is all about. The film doesn’t necessarily point fingers, but rather paints a portrait of the events that led to the economic catastrophe, humanizes the people involved and attempts to make sense of how the system works. We’re lucky—the timing of its release is coincidence.
I got a chance to sit down with the star-studded cast of Margin Call—including Zachary Quinto (who also produced the film), Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley, Paul Bettany and Simon Baker—to discuss the extremely relevant film, on how the movie both informs and buttsheads with the Occupy Wall Street movement, and whether they understood what the heck all those numbers and terminology they spurt out in the film actually meant.
Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany