"I felt the pressure coming into this, a cast of heavy hitters. The only way I could outdo them is know more than everybody else." SHIA LaBEOUF felt the need to brush up on his stock market knowledge before shooting WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS with MICHAEL DOUGLAS, JOSH BROLIN and FRANK LANGELLA.
The moviemaker has resurrected his Academy Award-winning 1987 film for a follow-up 23 years after the original hit cinemas, with Michael Douglas reprising his role as ruthless banker Gordon Gekko opposite Shia LaBeouf and Josh Brolin.
The picture, which will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France this week (beg10May10), is due for release in September (10) and Stone hopes the audience warms to the story - because he would love to see the characters return for a third film.
He tells Reuters, "Why not? We left it open at the end in a way on which we can hang a Wall Street 3. We'll have Gekko back and maybe Josh Brolin, too."
The director resurrected his Academy Award-winning 1987 film for a sequel, with Michael Douglas reprising his role as ruthless banker Gordon Gekko opposite Shia LaBeouf and Josh Brolin.
Much of the movie was based on the recent global economic crisis and Stone wanted to add realism by filming inside Goldman Sachs - but executives at the firm refused to deal with the film crew.
Stone tells Reuters, "The conservative banks would not deal with us, no. They would not let us in. Goldman sealed their floors to us. We did get pictures of the inside of it for production design reasons. They were very arrogant."
And the filmmaker has praised bosses at the Royal Bank of Canada for agreeing to let them film inside their offices.
He adds, "Our biggest break came when the Royal Bank of Canada called back, and they were extremely gracious, they said, 'By all means, we'd love you to shoot here.' The Royal Bank of Canada was one of the few banks that behaved impeccably in this period and made a profit and continued on.
"That was a wonderful break for us, because it was a classy looking bank and gave us the right feeling that we needed for Goldman - I don't want to say Goldman, I want to say 'from The Bank' in the film. Don't pinpoint me."
The Cannes Film Festival lineup was announced Thursday morning in Paris with a relatively un-starry group of titles making up the as-yet incomplete competition slate.
Among the highest-profile films out of competition are Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, which will see Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett swathe up the red carpet on May 12, and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf (who first came to Cannes a couple of years ago for the fourth Indiana Jones) and Carey Mulligan are also thus likely to put in an appearance on the Croisette.
Doug Liman’s CIA/political thriller Fair Game will bring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts to the Riviera while Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is set to screen out of competition. Watts also stars in that film as do Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin (also in Wall Street), Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto.
The 16 films in competition will be augmented in coming days as festival director Thierry Fremaux intends to add extra titles. For the moment, fanboys will be happy to see Takeshi Kitano return to competition with Outrage while art-house lovers have Mike Leigh (Another Year), Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt By the Sun 2) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Biutiful) to ponder. A full lineup of films across the main competition, special screenings and Un Certain Regard sections can be found here.
On the jury side of things, Tim Burton will be joined by such luminaries as Kate Beckinsale and Benicio Del Toro.
The jury, however, is still out as to whether Brad Pitt will once again grace the red carpet as it has yet to be determined if a film he’s starring in, Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, will be ready in time for the festival.
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Douglas won an Oscar playing villainous bonds boss Gekko in 1987's Wall Street, in which the character famously said, "Greed is good."
But any tips he picked up from trading on the markets through his movie role were lost when the global economic crisis hit the U.S. in late 2008, leaving many bankable stocks worthless.
And Douglas - who is estimated to be worth $140 million (£93 million) - admits he pulled out of the stocks business completely after losing almost half of his entire fortune.
He tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "I lost 35-40 per cent of my net worth on the 2008 crash. I played. Years ago, through the tech booms, I definitely did it.
"At the end of last year, I took a whole bunch out."
The actor is the star of the hit Transformers franchise and is expected to reprise his role in a third instalment, but admits his dream part would be as troubled teen Holden Caulfield in a big-screen adaptation of The Catcher in the Rye.
He tells FHM magazine, "I really like all that beatnik culture, I think it would be fun, just for my family, and the way that I was raised. I don't know if I'm interested in the blockbuster whimsical stuff any more - I want to be a little ballsier; balls, blood and death, kind of thing... Not outrageously so, just something a little grittier, with a little more meat to chew on."
LaBeouf will next appear alongside girlfriend Carey Mulligan and Michael Douglas and in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
The Wall Street star's first marriage to actress Diandra Luker was rumoured to have ended because of his womanising ways, but he insists he's the happiest he's ever been since marrying Zeta-Jones in 2000.
The couple has two young children - Dylan, nine, and six-year-old Carys - and the 65-year-old is adamant his family is now his main priority in life.
He tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "I'm probably more comfortable with myself now, probably not leading with my libido quite as strongly, which comes with age and happiness.
"I've probably calmed down. It's interesting when you have kids (at my age) because you're kind of betwixt and between. Some of your friends, the only kids they've got are grandchildren.
"I would say definitely around the time I married Catherine... I started making some conscious decisions and prioritising. As little children entered the equation - with a bride, an actress, 25 years younger, in her prime - the important part became them."
The three stars are all tipped to claim leading actor and actress Oscars nominations for the films Blue Valentine and Love & Other Drugs.
Experts at the Los Angeles Times newspaper's The Envelope blog also tips Angelina Jolie, Ben Stiller and Michael Douglas for Oscars gold for their roles in Salt, Greenberg and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Douglas won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Gordon Gekko in the original Wall Street movie.
The film experts also predict troubled moviemaker Roman Polanski will be among the Best Director favourites for his film The Ghost Writer - even though he's fighting extradition from Switzerland to America for sentencing in a 32-year-old sex assault case.
And the early favourites for Best Film, according to the website, are Danny Boyle's new movie 127 Hours, The Kids Are Alright, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn's The Tree of Life, Inception, western remake True Grit, Clint Eastwood's The Hereafter and Johnny Depp's movie adaptation of his late pal Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary.
"Michael Douglas was an open wound. That dude is in pain. He was emotional putty on the set. A struggling man. We filmed a struggling man." SHIA LaBEOUF felt his co-star MICHAEL DOUGLAS' pain over his son CAMERON's imminent sentencing for drug trafficking while the pair filmed WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.
The Chicago beauty admits she "definitely" wants to star alongside the Wall Street actor on the big screen - even though she feels "voyeuristic" watching real-life couples, like former spouses Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, play lovers on film.
But Zeta-Jones, who's been married to Douglas since 2000, insists the pair would make a perfect match for the thriller, about a couple in a vicious divorce battle.
She says, "Sometimes I find it (couples starring together in films) really strange. I know that Nicole and Tom did it a few times... But I would like to remake War of the Roses with my husband, where we try to kill each other."