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

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 19 18:58:48 UTC 2018

Just a thought -- the original script says "Greed is good" without "for
lack of a better word".

Perhaps it was filmed both ways -- one made the trailer, the other the
final film.


On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 1:42 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>

> 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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