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Casting Big Bad Business

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Who's Afraid of Big Bad Business?
"Why Hollywood Hates Capitalism"

Manufacturing Evil
Perfect Metaphor: Capitalism = A Corporation
The Corporation: 2003 Documentary
If a corporation was a person, who would they be?
American Psycho
2000 Film
Director: Mary Harron
Staring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman
Based on 1991 Book by Bret Easton Ellis
Hybrid: Horror + Crime Thriller+ Black Comedy
Satirical View of Corporate America
Typecasting:
Capitalism Always Plays the Villain....
Biting the Hand That Feeds Them...
Hollywood Is A Money Making Machine
Rick Groen Asks:
"Why Does Hollywood Hate
What It Essentially Is? "
On Screen: Capitalism Is Evil
Long Legacy, Countless Films
Origins In Silent Film Era:
D.W. Griffith's
A Corner in Wheat (1909)

Formula for Success
Film Economics 101
Hollywood's
#1 Bestseller?
INDUSTRY
PROFIT

PRODUCT
David the Dreamer= The Hero
Goliath the Capitalist= The Villain
Mythic Battle=
Massive Entertainment
Climbing The Ladder
David vs Goliath
Psychopath

Amoral: devoid of conscience
Single pursuit: money & power
"The ends justifies the means"
Archetype A
Crime Boss as CEO
The Original Gangster
Criminal Organization = Corporation
Anti-hero: Flawed but Loveable
Thug in a Suit & Tie
White Collar Criminal
Ultimate Villain: Cold blooded Monster Everyone Loves to Hate
QUESTION
The Hollywood Brand, Inc.
ANSWER
Who is
Patrick Bateman?
Modern Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde:
Corporate Exec. by Day
Serial Killer by Night
Personifies Myth:
Corporation as Psychopath
Conclusion

Light Needs Shadow
Myths are Products
Perfect Myth: Hero Fights Villain
Capitalism for Hollywood:
Means to an end

"My conscience, my pity, my hopes disappeared a long time ago...no one is safe."
- American Psycho
Archetype B
Smooth Criminal
"Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?"
- American Psycho
" Each model of human behavior must be assumed to have some validity. "
- American Psycho
"Get Rich or Die Tryin' "
- 50 Cent
"Greed is good."
-Wall Street

"Big Auto or Big Energy or Big Tobacco or Big Pharmacy, he's always the same penny-pinching, deceitful, destructive, murdering titan."
-Rick Groen
"Many of us owe our livelihoods to those same corporate giants..."
-Rick Groen
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