This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.
The writers over at New York magazine’s Vulture are convinced that they have successfully mined film producer and director Brett Ratner’s subconscious to explain why so many of his movies have anti-Wall Street themes. One need not look further than his current and disappointing “Tower Heist” — featuring a Bernie Madoff-type villain played by Alan Alda — to know what Vulture is referring to.
The big discovery is that Ratner — you know, that guy who just recently lost his job as producer of the Oscars for saying lewd and intolerant things — once worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street. And it turns out that he worked not at just any firm, but at South Richmond Securities, a brokerage “so corrupt that it would eventually be fined over a million and a half dollars and put out of business by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) for defrauding clients by manipulating stock prices and overcharging on commissions, both during and after Ratner’s tenure,” according to Vulture.
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