The Great Recession hasn’t come without a wave of public shamings of bonus-hungry CEOs. Hollywood knows people love to hate on an evil corporate executive, and studios are wise to divert the torch-burning, pitchfork-wielding masses from the banker’s headquarters and into the movie theater. Last week, we saw the sequel to Oliver Stone’s classic Wall Street, with Michael Douglas reprising his role as the über-greedy, French cuff-wearing Gordon Gekko. And tomorrow the highly anticipated Social Network comes out, focusing on a slightly younger, ultra-successful entrepreneur: Mark Zuckerberg. In their honor, we thought we’d take a look at cinema’s most evil businessmen. Be sure to tell us who we left out in the comments.
Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (1984, among others)
Scrooge is the villain of Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol, a penny-pinching merchant who, through supernatural intervention, learns the true meaning of Christmas. The most obvious victim of his ways is his overworked, underpaid employee, Bob Cratchit and his large family. George C. Scott (pictured) took on the role in the 1984 film adaptation.