Ben Stiller as Josh Kovaks The building manager. Murphy joined the cast on October 13, , and also became a producer on the film. Affleck wanted to participate in the film as he was interested in playing a comedy role, saying "it sounded like a fun film to do. I wanted to do a comedy, and I thought this was an opportunity to try and be funny.
On his character, Alda said "Shaw is sometimes described as a Bernie Madoff -like character. I don't think anyone has ever operated on the scale that Madoff did. And I don't know if what Shaw did technically qualifies as a Ponzi scheme. Fitzhugh A former Wall Street investor made bankrupt. Leoni joined the cast on October 21, Beagan to prepare for her role. On her character and work with Beagan, Leoni said: She's certainly a very tough lady, and it's not my first waltz with this type of character.
However, I was able to spend some time with Anne, a great technical advisor we had on set. She's got this steely gaze that is terrifying, but what's underneath that is a very interesting lady. Beyond the technical aspects of the job, she provided so much more for me to use. Simon, the building General Manager,  and Stephen Henderson plays Lester, the tower's retiring doorman. Henderson was cast after the filmmakers saw his performance in August Wilson 's Fences on Broadway.
Heavy D has a cameo appearance as a guard at a courthouse. Development[ edit ] "It's difficult to imagine that a casual conversation six years ago has grown into such a fully realized film that is so grand in scope.
Plus, who could have known that, in this period of time, the global financial markets would teeter on the verge of collapse and the villain in our story would pale in comparison to some very real ones on Wall Street? Truth remains stranger than fiction. For Ratner however, the modified script reminded him of the Ocean's Eleven remake, a project he had developed but for which he was unavailable due to his commitment to directing Rush Hour 2.
Murphy rejoined as both a cast member and producer, alongside Grazer and Kim Roth. Ratner instead hired Griffin, a writer on the Ocean's Eleven remake. Griffin "brought the real motivation and the heart to the concept", moving away from the premise of performing an ensemble heist on a rich Donald Trump-type,   and focusing instead on a group of blue-collar employees who take on a corrupt, thieving Bernard Madoff-like businessman who has embezzled their pensions.
This research gave Griffin the idea for Shaw's possessing a vehicle in his apartment, which Grazer and Ratner eventually decided would be a rare Ferrari GT Lusso which once belonged to Steve McQueen. I interviewed everyone from doormen to housekeepers to building managers.
There's a whole underworld to the New York building scene that exists in the basements that most people are unaware of. They make it all possible, and you just never see it. Zea created an amalgamation of the elements she saw during her research to create a sophisticated lobby design for the tower.
They want to have art on their walls that means something and shows people, just like a car, that, 'I'm rich, I'm smart and I know what I'm doing. Instead, two replicas were commissioned, a process which took three months under the supervision of prop master Peter Gelfman. The replicas then received additional reinforcement for filming purposes from Steve Kirshoff and the special effects crew.
After running camera tests on several authentic Ferrari colors, it was decided to paint the replicas bright red in order to create a lasting impression instead of using the actual metallic brown muted-coloring of McQueen's vehicle. The studio declined to pay the additional money and the scene was not shot. It consists of 22 tracks with a runtime of 40 minutes.