September 19, 2010 by Post Team
Oliver Stone, Gordon Gecko returns to the screen in the new Oliver Stone film “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” It’s a crash course in everything that went wrong in high finance in the years since Michael Douglas played for the first time high-powered financier. “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric recently went with stone to the global investment scene own center:
Do you feel like you’re walking into the lion’s mouth at all? “Couric asked Oliver Stone to enter the New York Stock Exchange.
“No, it’s fun,” said the filmmaker. “We shot this plant in 1987.”
In the heart of the financial world, the director Oliver Stone is, for lack of a better word, money.
Twenty years after he made the original “Wall Street”, Stone can stop traffic on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and his film – an unvarnished look and unflattering in the financial industry – remains, for many here required viewing.
Stone shows a clip of the original street “wall” that play in a loop on a small screen next to the trading floor.
“This is not just for you, this has been for months,” said one trader.
“We do it all the time,” said another.
The man shakes his mustache, which appears in the film, real life ex trader Mike Rutigliano, who is present today. “Nothing has changed!” Couric said.
“Thank you, Katie, is all the lighting! “Rutigliano laughed.” This is the longest 15 minutes of fame in the history of mankind. “Because this was filmed in ’87, and talked about every day.”
“Are you concerned that this 1987 film was so successful in capturing the zeitgeist – it was kind of a moment Kismet to the American psyche – that will be difficult to repeat that?” Couric asked. “Because this is the first sequel you’ve done.”
“If I really wanted to do a sequel, Katie, I have done in the 1990s, because that makes sense,” Stone said. “It’s fresh in memory, make more money, and so on.
“I mean, you’re facing 23 years later. There is a whole new generation that knows the original,” he said. “I really made this movie because it was worth because of the crisis of 2008. And that gave him a definition, a bottom.”
In the first street “Wall”, a young driver – Bud Fox Charlie Sheen – is involved with a predatory corporate raider, Gordon Gekko – one of the best-known roles of Michael Douglas.
At the time it was a cautionary tale. Compared to the recent economic chaos, it seems a little naive. In 1987, the stakes were smaller, cell phones were bigger, and the current mood could be summed up in one iconic phrase:
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”
The new film, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, revolves around another young entrepreneur, played this time by Shia LaBeouf, who comes into contact with a very fast, very rich mob led by James Brolin as a super-villain banker.
Michael Douglas repeats his Oscar-winning role, picking up the story Gekko as he is released from prison. . . a man who has lost everything, even the love of his daughter – now working on LaBeouf.
Like many of his movies, “Wall Street” echoes liver personal life Stone was born in New York, his father was a successful stockbroker.
“Ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, or feel that ultimately, you kind of kick in the teeth at the end?” Couric asked.
“My dad loved what I did,” said Stone. “He loved the business and loved to write about him, and he lived his entire life here, but had a difficult time due to new changes at the end. Worked until his death, and that gave him satisfaction.”
But Stone wants more: After a brief stint at Yale, he joined the Army and went to Vietnam. He came home a decorated combat veteran, and a man who was, he says, changed forever.
“How can you return from the war? If you become dead inside stone or you return with a heart yet? That was the hardest thing for me. It was the fight against the enemy, even though they were significant. But was to try to keep their humanity alive within you. Believe me, that war is a curse, because people scarred for life. ”
“It still seems marked by his own personal experience there,” said Couric.
“But he got in that readjust to society and have made three movies about him. Therefore, I had the opportunity to exorcise some demons.”
Stone returned to his Vietnam demons in a box office success, winning an Oscar for directing “Platoon” and another for “Born on the Fourth of July.”
Since then became one of Hollywood’s most prolific and controversial directors, addressing issues that define their generation, including the assassination of JFK, The Doors, Nixon, Latin America and George W. Bush.
“As much as I may hate his policies, tried to make him human,” Stone said of his film, “W.” “And some people criticized me and said it was too sympathetic to Bush. I thought I was empathic, [which] is a big difference for me.
“But I walked in their shoes. You understand, by going through the valley and walk in the shoes of someone you do not like, it makes you more human, more tolerant.
“When I do a” film Wall Street, “he said. “I have to think like bankers. You know, I have to feel sorry for them, too, because they have their point of view.”
It is a provocateur who likes to rattle cages. . . turning the lens on Fidel Castro, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the president of Venezuela Hugo Ch?vez.
“You’re absolutely fearless in the field and people who are focused on, and try to profile or explain”, which offers Couric.
“I personally like Hugo Chavez – who has made mistakes,” Stone said of his latest issue. “But if I do not live with my conscience if I’m alive, I will be killed one day, very unlikely. What have I done? I just added to the pain of America. All of my taxes goes to the people in Afghanistan bombing and Iraq. I’m not happy about that. What I can do for my children to change things? ”
Stone latest “Wall Street” has some movies unscheduled and unwanted, last month, when advertising stars Michael Douglas announced it was battling throat cancer.
“I saw this movie and thought, ‘Well, I wonder if he was ill during filming,” said Couric.
“I could not see,” said Stone. “In fact, we went to the Cannes Film Festival, which pre-exists. It was a wonderful experience. And he was very strong. I could not say. And he said it was in early summer when they came on. Apparently, had reviewed a little and – nothing. ”
“It was not diagnosed,” said Couric.
“Yes. No, went to the doctors. And then I heard nothing until, I suppose, in August. Therefore, it was a shame. I know he is going through a period of difficulty. And I pray for him.
In the film, Gekko Douglas remains a bit smarmy, but it seems older and more. . . human.
“Gordon Gekko has gone all soft on us?” Couric asked.
“Soft • Do not,” Stone said. “But he has a heart. He is not smooth.’s A tough guy, Gordon. And he makes the difficult things in the movie. I will not tell you what it does, but he plays tricks.”
“It’s still the old Gordon Gekko in many ways.”
“Partly, yes,” said Stone. “But definitely, when you’re that age, and I am – we all know that the Beatles song, right?”
“When I’m 64?” Couric said. “Happy birthday today, by the way.”
“Thank you, Katie. In reaching that age, I mean, it’s best that have come to some conclusion that money is not everything, you know? ”
And as the stock market itself is difficult to predict how the new Oliver Stone movie will do. But in the street at least, the inner word is. . . optimistic.
At a time when Wall Street is not exactly the pinnacle of respect in this country, a merchant named Mike told Couric: “I think people will enjoy this movie!”
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