Jake’s Takes: ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ interviews with Oliver Stone, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin and Susan Sarandon

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Directed by: Oliver Stone
Cast: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon
Running Time: 2 hrs 7 mins
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: September 24, 2010

PLOT: Greed is back and so is Gordon Gekko (Douglas). Jacob (LaBeouf) is a young trader who is up and coming and also in love with Gekko’s daughter. Jacob is looking for a mentor and a shot at dominating the financial world while the economy may collapse.

Jake’s Take on his interviews with Oliver Stone, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin & Susan Sarandon …

For me, the greatest moments of attending the Wall Street junket had nothing to do with what actually made it on air. It wasn’t the chance to play wallflower in a New York elevator as I rode down 20+ flights with Oliver Stone or even the first feeling of the fall that we’re venturing out of the fun and breezy summer interviews into conversations that have real depth and merit to them — it was having the opportunity to sit in the same room as Michael Douglas.

Mr. Douglas, who, as everyone already knows, was just diagnosed with throat cancer, was not able to do interviews but had the courage and strength to still attend a press conference, in which TV press were still invited to attend. Never having had the opportunity to meet him, I wasn’t going to pass this up — this was the chance to sit in the very same room with a cinematic legend.

Full of optimism and hope, Mr. Douglas was a class act who had the entire press conference in uproarious laughter. As they began to wrap up, I did my best to summon the courage to raise my hand and ask a question — an opportunity I wasn’t sure I’d ever have again.

After being called on, I stood, clumsily introduced myself and asked Mr. Douglas: “What advice do you have to the people of my generation who will be paying for the mistakes that people like Gordon Gekko have been making over the past twenty years?”

He smiled. “Don’t quit your day job.”

The room filled with laughter and that was that.

Few men ever live up to the legend that precedes them. Michael Douglas surpassed it.

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