Last week we brought you some behind the scenes photos of Shia Labeouf, Frank Langella, and director Oliver Stone on the set of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. As an obvious observation, Michael Douglas was nowhere in sight. The actor is set to reprise his Oscar winning role of Gordon Gekko in the film, which has been over 20 years in the making. We haven’t heard much from Douglas since his initial attachment to the sequel, but the actor has finally broken his silence and is filling us in on what his character’s been up to for the past two decades.
In an exclusive interview with Empire, Douglas opened up about Gordon Gekko and gave a good “where are they now” synopsis of the character.
It’s 22 years later,” Douglas explains. “Gordon has done about eight years in jail and got out in about 2001. The picture predominantly focuses on these last couple of years on Wall Street, which nobody anticipated. We shot the first one in 1986 and it was a wild, wild colorful time. And here we have both a train crash and a larger-than-life period leading up to that train crash. It’s an exciting time to make a picture about Wall Street.”
With Gekko back on the scene, where does that leave the newly appointed bad guy Josh Brolin? According to Douglas, Brolin will definitely be the villain of the piece, and describes his role as having a bit of “Terence Stamp, from the first one in there.” If Gekko will be hitting the streets after being a jail bird for the better part of the last decade, does that mean he’ll be a changed man?
“Is this a softer Gekko? Eh, I can’t say that. I think he’s got some amends to make. (Laughs) We’ll see what he’s up to.”
It will be interesting to see Douglas’ integration into the film that already has so many strong actors involved. Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps opens in theaters on April 23, 2010. I really wish they would cut the title down to simply, Money Never Sleeps. It could be similar to The Hustler and The Color of Money, same main character, similar story, but set in a different time.
What do you think about Gordon Gekko’s return to Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps?