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Saturday 21 April 2018

Douglas: It's hard reprising Gekko

Michael Douglas was worried about audience expectations
Michael Douglas was worried about audience expectations

Michael Douglas has admitted it was difficult reprising his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street II.

The 65-year-old actor was daunted by fans' expectations of the sequel, which sees the greedy investor in a different light.

Michael told the Wall Street special edition of Esquire magazine: "It was difficult, only in the sense that you worry the audience will be like, 'ah! I can't wait to see Gordon!' but he's a lot more vulnerable."

He went on: "In the first one, he's at the top of his game, he's got some of the best lines you've ever heard - 'You need a friend, get a dog', 'Lunch is for wimps'- and now he's coming out of jail after eight years, he's lost all his money, his son has committed suicide, and his daughter is not talking to him.

"He's written Swimming With The Sharks and lectures at business schools. That's how he earns his living, basically foreseeing the current financial disaster. We've got some twists and moves in this picture, but it was a little harder."

:: The full interview is in the May edition of Esquire magazine, out on April 5.

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