Michael Douglas Wasn't Sure Shia LaBeouf Had the 'Chops' for 'Wall Street'

63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
Celebrities attend the 'Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps' photo call at the Palais de Congress during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival. (Photo Agency)more pics »Michael Douglas is reprising his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, so he was a little weary when he found out Shia LaBeouf would be taking over Charlie Sheen's role as Bud Fox from the original 1987 movie. Luckily, the 65-year-old was pleasantly surprised by his new co-star. 

Michael Douglas (Bauer Griffin)
Speaking about Shia, Michael, who won the Best Actor Oscar the first time around, said: "We were not sure he had the chops. As you remember from the first, Charlie Sheen carried the movie, Gordon Gekko had very colorful parts, but it was not every scene."

Michael believes the time is right to revisit his unscrupulous corporate character because of the current global economic crisis. He told Access Hollywood: "There was a recession when the first movie arrived in 1987. There's a recession now. It's an interesting time, sort of 22 years later, Gekko going to jail. He comes out, no money, can't trade, what happens?"

The film is set for a September release, though it was originally intended for April, and also stars Susan Sarandon, Josh Brolin and Carey Mulligan.

See a clip of Michael Douglas talking about the flick here:


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  • Michael Douglas in 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
  • Michael Douglas in 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
  • Michael Douglas in 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
  • Michael Douglas in 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
  • Michael Douglas in 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
  • Michael Douglas in 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
  • Michael Douglas in 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
  • Michael Douglas in 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Wall Street 2' Photo Call
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