Sunday 20 August 2017

Douglas: Gordon's a true villain

Michael Douglas says most people remember him for playing Gekko
Michael Douglas says most people remember him for playing Gekko

Michael Douglas has revealed that Wall Street's iconic Gordon Gekko is still the character people most remember him for - 23 years on.

The US actor played the investment shark in Oliver Stone's 1987 movie, a role which won him an Oscar for best actor and which he was more than happy to reprise in the sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

"Of all the parts I've played, Gekko is the one people approach me about the most - they get a kick out of him, which always surprised me because he's a true villain," he said.

"Oliver and I were pretty stunned at how people perceived Gordon as an insider trader, a guy who destroyed companies and people, a well-written villain. People are attracted to those villains, seduced by power. We never anticipated that all these people in business schools would be ranting and raving that this is the person they wanted to be."

Following Gordon's incarceration at the end of Wall Street, the sequel opens with him being released from jail.

Michael, who is battling throat cancer, said the time is right for the eagerly awaited follow-up, especially with the current economic climate.

"This is an even more interesting time to explore this world, than the period of the original Wall Street," he said.

:: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens in cinemas on October 6.

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