Michael Lewis On Books He's Written, Books He Likes, And Who He Wants To Play Him In The Liar's Poker Movie

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Best selling author Michael Lewis was on Squawk Box this morning talking for a segment they’re doing this week on what people are reading.It took a bit to get Lewis through the more serious topics (the financial crisis), but once that was all over, he revealed a little bit about what he thinks about books and writing. For a writer, this is a more challenging topic than you might think.

For example, Lewis couldn’t share his favourite among all the books he’s written — “that’s like asking what my favourite child is… you may not believe me but it’s just not answerable.”

He couldn’t tell us which book he’d made the most money from either, Though he hinted that it was ‘The Blind Side’, ‘Moneyball’, ‘The Big Short’, or ‘Liar’s Poker’ (that doesn’t really help).

But he did share some of his favourite books, which included Tom Wolfe’s classic about the space program ‘The Right Stuff’ and George Orwell’s essays. Orwell gets in there because he proved that “you don’t really need a character, you can get away with an idea,” said Lewis. (We agree, and happen to like his ‘On Writing’ collection of essays the most.)

The best part of the interview, though, was probably when Lewis revealed who he wanted to play his character in the upcoming Liar’s Poker movie. Back in the day he wanted it to be John Cusack, but “now he’s too long in the tooth,” Lewis admitted.

So he did what a lot of parents do to understand young Hollywood, and asked his 12 year old daughter what she thought. She told him that Zach Effron should play him as a young Wall Streeter.

“So I’m going with that,” he said.

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