If you are making a film, TV show or book and need an instant villain – just add a rich person. You automatically have a source of conflict with the “common people” and a character that the audience already feels like they know. Of course, not all rich characters are evil, because these are works of fiction that can be different than real life.
In this episode we explore the many different types of rich people. And Michael shows just how little he does at work by coming up with a comprehensive 3D graph plotting different types of rich people.
Michael’s Rich People Graph:
Randolph and Mortimer Duke
- NPR: “What Actually Happens At the End of ‘Trading Places’?”
- IndieWire: “More Than 7 Things You May Not Know About the Film (But We Won’t Bet a Dollar On It)”
- Business Insider: “An Oral History of Trading Places”
- Talking Points Memo: “Why ‘Brewster’s Millions’ Is the Most Remade Movie of All Time”
Thurston Howell III
- Gilligan Funeral Homes’ “Obituary” of Thurston Howell III
- The Daily Wedgie: “Who Said It: Mitt Romney or Thurston Howell III?”
- Daily Reckoning: “The Monetary Economics of Thurston Howell III”
The Best of J.R. Ewing:
Charles Foster Kane
You Must Remember This: MGM Stories Part Two – Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst and Citizen Kane
“Citizen Kane” Obituary Newsreel