Wall Street satire ‘Black Monday’ shows dark side of the ’80s




The high-stakes, coke-fueled interval of further and indulgence that preceded the 1987 Wall Street crash — the worst in historic previous — is the matter of the black comedy “Black Monday.”

Don Cheadle stars as Maurice “Mo” Monroe, who heads up a band of renegade brokers intent on upending the outdated boys’ stock change group by means of a sequence of nefarious maneuvers. Sunday’s premiere episode reveals the climax of the story when one of Mo’s staff jumps from a terrific peak and smashes onto a parked purple Lamborghini. The ensuing episodes flash once more from that suicide.

“We’re looking back from today with a bit of a wink and getting to laud some of the fun about the ’80s. And say, ‘Look how far we haven’t come,’ ” says Jordan Cahan, who created the sequence alongside along with his writing affiliate David Caspe.

They freely admit they have no background in finance. “I don’t know that I own a share of stock,” Caspe says. “I’m sure I have a pension. I do not play the stock market.”

“We’re not economists.” Cahan says. “We read a lot of books. ‘Den of Thieves.’ ‘Barbarians at the Gate.’ ”

‘We wanted classic underdogs fighting against the establishment, like the Bad News Bears.’

Even greater, Caspe’s father, a soybean vendor out of Chicago, knowledgeable them tons of “crazy stories” from that time to place them in the Wall Street groove. “We kind of took it from there,” Caspe says. “We wanted classic underdogs fighting against the establishment, like the Bad News Bears.”

Cheadle’s character leads a motley crew that options Blair (Andrew Rannells), a newbie getting a crash course in Wall Street ethics, Keith (Paul Sheer), a closeted family man, and Dawn (Regina Hall), the lone girl holding her private in the abrasively profane custom. While Mo shoots from the hip, making affords with shady prospects, Dawn tries to keep up her boss in look at whereas pushing for a promotion.

“Dawn is the eyes into that world for that audience,” says Caspe. “We’re satirizing the bro culture and showing what it means for a woman to be in a male-dominated industry back then. And what she does to thrive and survive [there] echoes beyond that culture.”

As the 10-episode sequence unfolds, viewers will get clues as to the id of the unfortunate soul who lands on the Lamborghini. “We never show the face” says Cahan. One clue is an emerald tie pin fastened to the ineffective explicit particular person’s tie. In Episode 1, Blair wears the pin to a job interview, nonetheless he doesn’t have it for prolonged. Another clue is the gold Rolex on the corpse’s arm. Mo wears that watch in the beginning of the current.

“These two objects keep floating around. Various people get the tie pin and the watch,” Cahan says. “Whoever is stuck with the tie pin and the watch in the end is the one who dies.”

“Black Monday” 10 p.m. Sunday on Showtime




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