[Ads-l] Origins of "Greed Is Good"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 19 18:42:00 UTC 2018

It seems that in the film "Wall Street," the Gordon Gekko character says "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good," but in the trailer Gekko says "Greed is good," which is the way the saying is usually remembered.  Does anyone have any idea of how the pithier version made its way into the trailer?  Was the trailer scene taken from an earlier cut of the film?  Was "for lack of a better word" spliced out, a kind of concision that I think often happens in trailers where every second counts?

Fred Shapiro

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