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The Big Short trailer: Steve Carell and co. are out to make the big banks hurt

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Paramount Pictures

Movie menaces come in all shapes and sizes, from black-cloaked Sith lords to rampaging dinosaurs to ruthless crime syndicates. In director Adam McKay’s The Big Short, evil takes the form of greedy, corrupt financial institutions.

The second trailer for the star-studded film about the 2008 mortgage crisis focuses on a few maverick investors ā€” played by Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Chistian Bale, and others ā€” who foresaw the coming meltdown and bet heavily against the system. In doing so, they made a fortune off the economic collapse.

“We’re going to make the big banks hurt,” Carell’s character, Mark Baum, vows in the trailer. “[They] got greedy, and we can profit off their stupidity.” Watch him and his cohorts stick it to the man in the video above.

The Big Short opens Dec. 11.