Michael Douglas storms Cannes in 'Wall Street'

14th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Michael Douglas stormed the Cannes film festival Friday with a crackling performance as the rogue banker Gordon Gekko alongside Shia LaBeouf in Oliver Stone's blockbuster "Wall Street" sequel.

The 65-year-old US star lined up alongside his on-screen son LaBeouf, British actress Carey Mulligan who plays Gekko's daughter, and actor Josh Brolin, the film's lead banker villain.

In "Wall Street -- Money Never Sleeps", Douglas reprises his role from the 1987 original as the investment fraudster Gekko, who coined the term "greed is good".

In the new film, Gekko comes out of jail older and wiser -- but with the same reptilian instincts -- and reconnects with his estranged daughter at the dawn of the financial crisis.

"This is a story about family," said Stone, who dedicated the first "Wall Street" to his own father, a stockbroker.

"This is a story about people who are balancing their love of power and money with their need for love," Stone told a press conference on Friday.

The film-maker said the movie, which screens out of competition at the annual Cannes film bonanza, responded to the financial recklessness that led to the recent crisis.

"The greed has not stopped," Douglas said, quoting his character in the film. "It became legal."

© 2010 AFP

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