But the movie? That's a whole different ballgame! Currently filming in New Orleans, The Big Short boasts an impressive bunch of A-listers: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. Is that legal, putting all those hotshots together in one movie like that? I'm excited; just wish they didn't have to play such sleaze balls. UPDATE: They weren’t all sleaseballs. See Marina’s comment in the comment section. Gosling’s character, though charming, certainly sought to make a bundle off the machinations of the marketplace, generated by greed.
Gosling is Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann who saw the market was collapsing but sought to inflate it anyway.
Ryan Gosling plays Greg Lippmann
Christian Bale plays Michael Burry
Look! Christian Bale is sporting Burry's same horrible haircut!
Steve Carell plays Steve Eisman
Brad Pitt, also a producer on the movie, plays a supporting role, that of Ben Hockett, a partner at Cornwall Capitol, where he remains as a founding partner to this day.
The real Mr. Hockett is apparently camera-shy — at least I can't find him on google — but you can bet he's flattered to have Brad Pitt playing him. Here's how Brad Pitt arrived on set; no word on whether he's keeping the beard but I imagine, like that pork pie hat, it has to go. It. Has. To. Go.
While they haven't announced a release date yet, The Big Short is filming in New Orleans now, so it should be out sometime this year. Um, like maybe in the fall, in time for award season? Adam McKay, known more for comedies like Anchorman and Talledega Nights — he and partner Will Ferrell created Funny or Die together — wrote the screenplay and directs. Variety reports the movie will be made as a big ensemble piece, not unlike Steven Soderbergh's Traffic.