Today, the Daily Mail released some photos taken from the set of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. While these aren't the first photos we've seen pop up from the set, it is the first time we get to see photos of Michael Douglas' first day reprising the roll of his iconic character, Gordon Gecko.
Not to give all the attention to Mr. "Fancy Pants" (That's my nickname for Douglas. What? Sir enjoys fancy pants.), More photos were released showing Shia LaBeouf filming a scene with Frank Langella as they stroll through the park. In the film, Shia plays Jacob Moore, a young stockbroker with Langella as his mentor, Lewis Zabel.
Back to "Fancy Pants." For those hoping to lessen Shia's presence in the film's sequel, you're in luck as the film will also follow Gordon Gecko on the lecture circuit as an author after having spent 14 years in prison for insider trading and security fraud. While nothing has been announced, Charlie Sheen is expected to make a cameo as Bud Fox, the stockbroker who took down Gecko in the first film. Still, with Gordon Gecko around and Fox only making a cameo, he's going to need a new prospect and since the last time Frank Langella heard the words "new prospect" was in 1845 when he was heading out west because of some "new fangled" philosophy called Manifest Destiny, I have a feeling it's going to be Shia.
After looking at these photos, I have to say that I'm not feeling the new look for Douglas as Gecko. He seems less intimidating, less energetic... pretty much less everything Gordon Gecko was and everything we loved about him. Still, this was just a photo of him hanging around set and I'm hoping that somewhere within himself he has the power to properly bring back this character and when the film starts rolling he'll deliver an amazing performance.
I like Shia, but that last photo makes me hate every essence of him. What is up with his shoes? I hate to say it, but he looks like a tool. I mean that in the nicest way possible. I'm a huge Shia fan. (Even Stevens all the way!)
What do you think of Gecko's his new, less hair gel'd look? Do you think Douglas' performance will garner him another Academy Award? Maybe a nomination? Honestly, what's up with Shia's shoes? I still don't know how I feel about this film, but I'll watch it none-the-less.
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps is set to be released April 23, 2010.