My only interaction with Steve Bannon was last year when he nearly ran me over in traffic in Universal City. We aren't pals. But i know the type: the dreamer who thinks he knows better than everybody else and will do whatever he can to find an edge. Hollywood is brimming with them.
Money is super-important to them because it gives them operational flexibility. Hollywood does not work without the money people and you live in such a pie-eyed gold rush universe that the ethos becomes "do what the money says." What's that? You'll pay for my movie if I change it to be about abortion? What's that? Gary Sinise will star in it if he gets to deliver a diatribe against Democrats? What's that? If I take this beautiful, perfect script and let the protagonist inject a boring, worthless, on-the-nose description of what the movie's about so he's assured an Oscar, we can get Tom Hanks?
Steve Bannon worked the system from within the system until his dad lost his retirement. Then he decided the system was broken so he found a new system.
Robert Mercer is a one-issue guy - "make my $6.8b tax bill go away." And in order to make that happen, we have Cambridge Analytica, Brexit, Trump and Charlottesville.
"What's that? You'll let me pick the president if I erase your tax bill?"