Villains are often more charismatic than heroes; some are so iconic that audiences forget the difference. Oliver Stone's 1987 film Wall Street slammed the "greed is good" ethos of the decade, but amoral venture capitalist Gordon Gekko — a character who won Michael Douglas the Oscar and decades of typecasting — inspired legions of MBAs.
Now Douglas is warning his fans against securities fraud in a public service announcement for the FBI. "The movie was fiction, but the problem is real," the actor says. "Our economy is increasingly dependent on the success and the integrity of the financial markets. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is." He encourages financial sector workers to report suspected insider trading to the feds. (Never mind that Charlie Sheen's Bud Fox still went to prison after confessing his sins, unlike real-life Charlie Sheen.)
"We thought one of the most revered actors of our time would be a great voice for combating crime on Wall Street," a government spokesman said of the campaign. Bernie Madoff was unavailable for comment.
You can watch the video below. It's as boring as you'd expect, but a masterpiece of excitement compared to 2010's sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.