Michael Douglas shocked by Wall Street admiration

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Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker star in the 2010 action-comedy that is "Red". After he's threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses (Willis) reassembles his old crew to go after their longtime assailants. The movie's title (RED) stands for "Retired Extremely Dangerous".

February 9th, 2011

Michael Douglas is surprised people looked up to his 'Wall Street' character Gordon Gekko.

The 66-year-old actor - who played the villainous investment banker in the original 1987 movie and its 2010 follow-up 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' - continues to be "shocked" when he is told people went into economics because of the character, who winds up in prison at the first of the first film.

He said: "I was always shocked when so many people who saw Wall Street said that I (Gekko) was the person who influenced them and inspired them to go into investment banking. I'd say to people, 'Well, I was the villain,' and they would say, 'No, no, no', they didn't see me that way, so it was all very seductive I guess."

Michael worked with director Oliver Stone on both projects, but he reveals it was easier the second time around because he could take "abuse".

He joked: "I'm in a very different position from the position I was in before. I can take his abuse much better now. He's a tough guy, very talented; he has great respect for actors, but he's definitely tough."

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