The veteran star has been undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment for throat cancer following his diagnosis revelation last month (Aug10) and it had been feared he would be too weak to attend the big unveiling.
Last week (ends17Sep10), his publicist Allen Burry insisted Douglas would make every effort to attend the event, but would evaluate the situation on a “day-to-day” basis.
However, the defiant actor refused to let fans down and stepped out for the Big Apple premiere on Monday, joined by his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
He smiled and waved as he strolled down the red carpet but refused to talk to the press due to the strain the cancer treatment has had on his vocal cords.
And Stone was full of praise for Douglas for taking the time to attend, likening him to his father, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.
He says, “It’s an amazing act of control, he’s courageous. He reminds me of his dad, who I know. Got that strength in character. I’m very disappointed (about the cancer). It’s a very hard time for him.”
Douglas reprises his role as ruthless bank boss Gordon Gekko in the sequel to the original 1987 film, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin and Carey Mulligan.