Zhang Xin embodies the tagline of the recently released Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Besides being one of China’s lady billionaires, CEO of Soho China, ex-Goldman Sachs employee and mother of two, she can now add Hollywood movie star to the list. Ok, ok, let’s not get ahead of ourselves – but she does have a short cameo in the film starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf. Her character represents an unnamed Chinese company that the fictional Goldman character refers to as “Chinese money.”
Aside from this being another example of the Hollywood studios wooing the China masses (LaBeouf’s character not only busts out a Chinese idiom but also seems to understand the cultural intricacies of doing business with his Chinese counterparts), you have to find the similarities between the movie and the current state of the world economy a bit interesting. America asking for money from China, where have we heard that one before?
If Ms. Zhang has real aspirations of becoming a Hollywood household name, she should take notice of the 1987 version’s tagline “Every dream has a price.” If not, she might end up sacrificing more than just her sleep. Just ask Gong Li.