Jodie Foster's 'Money Monster' holds bankers responsible for financial crisis

Thu May 12, 2016 2:08pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

CANNES, France (Reuters) - With Jodie Foster's "Money Monster", which premieres on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood is expressly holding the banks responsible for the financial crisis.

Foster's fourth feature film sees a TV financial guru played by George Clooney held hostage live on air as Jack O'Connell in the role of a disillusioned viewer decides to take revenge after he loses money following advice from Clooney.

"I hadn't seen much response to the financial crisis by Hollywood," said Dominic West, star of "The Wire" and "The Affair" who plays a banker in Foster's film, told a news conference just before the premiere.

"This attracted me for that reason - it was holding the bankers to account in a very graphic, dramatic way that I think resonated very much. Then I realised I was going to be the evil banker," said West.

The film co-stars Julia Roberts, who makes her Cannes debut.

"I discovered the role would entail holding George Clooney hostage, likewise Julia Roberts and going after Dominic West with a gun and a bomb vest, a detonator..., so I thought that was within my capabilities," said O'Connell.

Clooney also praised "Money Monster" for trying to teach a lesson.

"It just seems that we've gotten used to the idea that some schmuck can get up on television and tell you where to put your money and they do it out of entertainment, and people listen to them and do it and lose things in real life, and the rest of the world goes on unhurt by all these things," he said.   Continued...

Director Jodie Foster (C) and cast members Julia Roberts, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Jack O'Connell, George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Money Monster" out of competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier