Spacey takes turn as banker in Berlin fest film


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Kevin Spacey wants to introduce the moviegoing world to the human side of Wall Street bankers in his new film, "Margin Call," screening at the Berlin film festival on Friday. The debut feature film from director J.C. Chandor features Spacey as a senior investment bank executive facing his company's imminent ruin as its disastrous exposure to mortgage-backed securities emerges on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis.
Spacey stars alongside fellow Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, who plays the sinking bank's charismatic but unscrupulous chief executive; Demi Moore, who appears as its chief risk officer; and "The Da Vinci Code'"s Paul Bettany.
In the film's opening phase, Spacey's character is seen presiding over the abrupt firing of bank traders while also worrying about his aging dog's cancer. The scene with the dog helped make the figure more approachable, Spacey said.
"The truth is, and I think what we've tried to illuminate in the film is that in a lot of cases these are just regular people who have regular jobs, who aren't making gazillions of dollars and who had to follow orders," Spacey told reporters.