Delightfully off-beat indie actor Hamish Linklater lends his skills to the deep bench of talent in Adam McKay's financial meltdown expose, "The Big Short." But before he could do that he had to try to understand the 2007 housing crisis, and the bizarre economic jargon that helped precipitate the collapse.
You're dealing with some dense subject matter, but the movie keeps a sense of humor about it.
Yeah, yeah. If you want people to eat their veggies you should probably top it with a little hot fudge and a cherry on top. And Adam McKay is a master sundae-maker, as we all know.
I'm trying to imagine broccoli with chocolate sauce on it.
Oh, it's delicious! Oh my God, you haven't had fondue until you've tried it with cauliflower, let me tell you. (laughs)
How do you handle improvisation when dealing with characters who have such a distinct vocabulary?
It's tricky. You have to unfortunately do a little research so that you have a couple of terms to throw out there. But ultimately you're not going to get a huge return on cracking wise about CDOs. It's only funny up to a point, but mostly it's just inside jokes.