The FBI has enlisted an unlikely ally in its fight against insider trading and securities fraud: Gordon Gekko, the villainous executive from 1987 movie Wall Street, who told an audience of potential investors: "Greed, for want of a better word, is good."
Now, Michael Douglas, who won an Oscar for the role, is appearing in a TV commercial supporting the bureau's crackdown on financial crime in New York. This presents the tantalising thought of other movie villains repenting their sins for a suitable cause. Might Alan Rickman – aka the Sheriff of Nottingham – be persuaded to campaign on behalf of the #Occupy movement? Or could Colonel Nathan Jessup of A Few Good Men – as played by Jack Nicholson – join Lady Gaga to oppose Republican calls for restoration of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the US military? "Santorum, you can't handle the truth!"