My mind immediately went to a conversation I had at my kitchen table with the parent of my daughter's friends back in January. He had come to pick his twin girls up after they had spent the night, and we were chit chatting about the Bernie Madoff scandal. Many people and philanthropic organizations from Boston were directly affected (ripped off) by Madoff's $50 BILLION dollar Ponzi Scheme, and most of them in the Jewish community. My best friend's family has been financially ruined because of this man and I asked him if he had been affected directly or knew anyone that was.
The conversation continued, him naming the numerous friends that lost money with Madoff, and we talked about the unbelievable depths of which this scheme encompassed. We shared information we had heard, some here say, some direct information from the victims, but the general consensus was that the investors in Madoff's firm had lost everything and there was no getting it back. The conversation then turned to Hollywood.
"Someone will make this into a movie," he said.
"Oh, no doubt," I replied.
We agreed that when all the information comes out about Madoff and his scheme, it would have all the makings of a Hollywood epic.
"Who will play Madoff?" I said as the casting agent in my mind went to work.
Almost in unison, we both shouted out excitedly, "Michael Douglas!"
OF COURSE...No one else could even be considered, we said. I even briefly pondered with the thought of blogging about it, so sure of the prospect of a mega-hit.
Wednesday I sent that parent friend of mine a text message that said:
I'm reading the Inside Track in the Herald today and they report that Michael
Douglas and Oliver Stone will reunite for a sequel to "Wall Street". They report
that the project is timely and relevant to today's economy. "It's literally ripped
from today's headlines." Ummmm, was our conversation about that
right on???? Great minds think alike.
To which he promptly replied:
I heard about that on the radio this morning. I agree about great minds.
Ok? So you heard it here first.