As a CPA I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I like to watch movies and TV, and especially movies on TV. A lot of folks don’t like to admit to spending time in front of the tube, actually I have a flat screen now, but I’m willing to come clean and admit that I like TV, and not just for sports and the news. One thing I find troubling though is the lack of exciting accountant characters in the movies and TV. Most of the exciting roles are cops, doctors, lawyers or politicians. All of these are honorable professions, and I would be happy if my kids followed any of these paths. I won’t make the obvious politician joke here, but feel free to do so on your own if you wish.
When casting for those other professions good looking actors like Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt are often chosen. We get the nerdy Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters) or the circumferentially challenged George Wendt (Norm of Cheers). Accountant has largely become screenwriters’ short-hand for bland, boring or nerdy. I’ll accept that as an occupational hazard, but I will also celebrate the roles that break the mold. See my partial list below and feel free to suggest your own favorites.
Cher plays a cool and rational character, which plays on the negative stereotypes of accountants as bland and uninteresting. But it’s Cher! She was the best part of Sonny and Cher and the best part of this movie. Don’t even get me started on Nicolas Cage.
Charle Grodin plays a CPA whose best friend Dave (Kevin Kline) looks a lot like the President. When the President has a stroke Dave is recruited to stand in for him while his underlings stage a bloodless coup. Only Dave doesn’t know he’s supposed to just wave and smile, he takes advantage of the opportunity to do some good and with the help of his accountant buddy he balances the federal budget while helping the homeless.
Kevin James plays a CPA who hires Hitch (Will Smith) to help advance his love life. In the end true love wins out over Hitch’s slick methods. It turns out that sometimes even a CPA can get the girl by being himself.
Charles Grodin (again) plays an accountant. In this version he’s a little annoying and he’s in big trouble for embezzling from the mafia. Robert De Niro is a bounty hunter who takes him coast to coast to testify against the mob against his will. The question is who will get him first, the FBI or the mob.
This may be the best movie accountant ever. Oh sure Kevin Costner is the pretty boy Eliot Ness, but Charles Martin Smith as Agent Oscar Wallace brings down Robert De Niro’s Al Capone. He carries a badge, he carries a shotgun and he pores over Capone’s ledgers. Although Oscar meets an untimely death at the hands of Capone’s henchmen, it was his work that sent Capone to Alcatraz on tax evasion charges.
By the way, I wonder why movies are never set in a credit union.
My name is Lew Bequette and I joined the Verity team in October of 2014. Although I am new to Verity, I have almost twenty-four years’ experience working in credit unions. I was born in Kirkland and have lived most of my life (so far) on the east side of Lake Washington, but I have also lived in the South Sound, the Olympic Peninsula and for 10 years in Prior Lake, Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Washington (GO DAWGS!!) with a degree in accounting and St. Martin’s University (GO SAINTS!!) with an MBA.
I always knew I would be a CPA, and I was even pretty sure I would work in a financial institution. So I decided I should do something different first and I joined the Navy right out of high school. I worked as radar technician and later taught electronics technicians how to troubleshoot and repair a certain piece of cryptographic equipment. I didn’t get to see the whole world, but I did see a good portion of Asia, and I got a lot of good stories to tell.
Now I’m living in Redmond and (along with my wonderful wife) raising a couple a couple of great kids. I like to take my dog for walks at Marymoor Park, take a few pictures and I’m a big sports fan. I love the Mariners and the Seahawks, but my favorite teams are my kids’ baseball and softball teams.