"A player. Or nothing."
In movie history, there are very few characters that stand out like Gordon Gekko from the 1987 movie Wall Street. The power-hungry, ambitious, rich, ruthless, and corrupt investor dominates the stock market and symbolizes the greedy and manipulative characteristics that some corporations and investors possess. Imagine Warren Buffett without morals and a big chip on his shoulder. While his character is certainly the anti-hero and shouldn't be anyone's role model, he has some pretty unforgettable lines in the movie. Here are just a few:
1) "Lunch is for wimps."
2) "What's worth doing is worth doing for money."
3) "If you're not inside, you're outside!"
4) "You had what it took to get into my office; the real question is whether you got what it takes to stay."
5) "I don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun-tzu The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought."
6) "The most valuable commodity I know of is information."
7) "If you want a friend, get a dog."
8) "Greed Is Good"
Michael Douglas reprised his role in the late sequel "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" in 2010. He did a good job but unfortunately the script (and his co-star Shia LaBeouf) were horrendous and the overall movie was a failure. I still liked seeing Gordon Gekko back in action though, with a little more conscience and reflection. The original Wall Street movie and the Gordon Gekko character will live on for decades to come.
"I am not a destroyer of companies.
I am a liberator of them!"
Watch His Iconic Greed Is Good Speech!
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