The Big Short is based on true events related to the 2008 Financial Crisis. In the mid-2000s, a small group of investors bet against, or shorted, the United States mortgage market. Considered an extremely risky investment at the time, the investors performed research where they found the market to be fraudulent and corrupt. The Big Short was directed by Adam McKay and released several years after the Financial Crisis in 2015. Originally a novel by Michael Lewis called The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, the screenplay was adapted and written by Adam McKay and Charles Randolph. The film casted impeccable talent including Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carell. Check out various screen facts below.
Becoming Dr. Michael Burry
To transform Christian Bale into Dr. Michael Burry, several actions were taken. To replicate Burry’s glass eye, the special effects team edited Bale’s eye movements. “In reality, you’re not that aware of someone’s glass eye, except the odd occasion when it doesn’t move,” Adam Mckay said. However, they still went through every shot to make it look right.
Bale met with the real Dr. Burry as well. After their meeting, Bale asked to have Burry’s t-shirt and cargo shorts. This became Bale’s wardrobe in the movie. Later on, Bale said he wanted Burry to attend the premiere in Los Angeles “because I really want to sit next to him and see if he’s going to punch me in the f****** face.” Despite this comment, Burry has a cameo role in the film as one of Scion’s employees.
Made Up Quote
There are numerous quotes and phrases used in The Big Short to aid the story. One of them is “Truth is like poetry. And most people f****** hate poetry. – Overheard at a Washington, D.C. bar.” This was actually written by Adam McKay. He couldn’t find the perfect quote for the segment so he wrote one instead.
Resurgence of Views
In January 2021, a strange financial event occurred, the GameStop short squeeze. This event caused major monetary consequences for hedge funds and active short sellers. In addition, the occurrence became a pop culture and social media sensation due to its controversy.
During this time, The Big Short and The Wolf of Wall Street resurged in popularity. Both of these films include Margot Robbie in the cast. Even though Robbie’s part in The Big Short was small, she was drinking 20-year-old Dom Perignon champagne. She said the hardest part was reciting her lines from memory since it was a technical finance topic.
Throughout The Big Short, several celebrities make an appearance as themselves to explain certain finance concepts. In the original script, different celebrities were chosen. Instead of Margot Robbie explaining shorting and MBS in the bathtub, it was going to be Scarlett Johansson beside a waterfall. And rather than Selena Gomez explaining synthetic CDOs, it was Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In Jay-Z’s dialogue, he was scripted saying losing a bet was “a hard-knock life” which is a reference to his hit song.