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The Faces of 'Too Big to Fail'

Too Big to Fail: Dan Hedaya as Barney Frank Too Big to Fail: Dan Hedaya as Barney Frank

Dan Hedaya, as Rep. Barney Frank, captured the Massachusetts Democrat's scowl, but didn't have enough scenes to make an impact.

Too Big to Fail: Ayad Akhtar as Neel Kashkari Too Big to Fail: Ayad Akhtar as Neel Kashkari

Paulson clearly loved a plan from Neel Kashkari, played by Ayad Akhtar, to buy up troubled assets, but realized too late it would take too long to stabilize the market.

Too Big to Fail: Peter Hermann as Christopher Cox Too Big to Fail: Peter Hermann as Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox, played by Peter Hermann, could not have been pleased with the story's portrayal of him as a deer caught in headlights.

Too Big to Fail: Ajay Mehta as Vikram Pandit Too Big to Fail: Ajay Mehta as Vikram Pandit

In the film, Geithner warns Vikram Pandit, played by Ajay Mehta, after waiting hours for a return call, "The next time I call you, pick up!"

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Too Big to Fail: Bill Pullman as Jamie Dimon Too Big to Fail: Bill Pullman as Jamie Dimon

One of the movie's best lines comes after Geithner describes a conversation with Jamie Dimon, played by Bill Pullman: "I told him we need his help. And I asked him very politely not to [expletive] with us today."

Too Big to Fail: Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke Too Big to Fail: Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke

Paul Giamatti's best scene as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke comes near the end of the film, where he warns lawmakers that if they don't act, "there will be no economy on Monday."

Too Big to Fail: Billy Crudup as Tim Geithner Too Big to Fail: Billy Crudup as Tim Geithner

Billy Crudup, playing Tim Geithner, successfully captured some of the former Fed official's nervous tics, including his near-constant fidgeting.

Too Big to Fail: William Hurt as Henry Paulson Too Big to Fail: William Hurt as Henry Paulson

Henry Paulson, played by William Hurt, was the hero of the film, looking tough, determined and diligent.

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HBO's long-awaited movie, based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, is finally out. So how did the movie portray the key players?

 

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