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By Jay A. Fernandez

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Oliver Stone returns to the Cannes Film Festival with "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," an update on a milieu he first explored in 1987.

Much has changed since "Wall Street," and not just the brick-sized cell phones. Michael Douglas' Gordon Gekko is out of prison, he has a new fresh-scrubbed protege in Shia LaBeouf, and America's financial titans have blown out the Greed Is Good ethos so far that the Reagan years look like a Quaker lemonade stand.

Q. DID MICHAEL DOUGLAS TAKE ANY PERSUADING TO STEP BACK INTO THAT ROLE?

A. On the contrary, it was him and (producer) Ed Pressman who were leading the charge with Fox. If anything, I had some doubts.

Q. WAS THERE ANY WORRY THAT THINGS WERE MOVING SO FAST -- AND THERE WAS A NEW WALL STREET SCANDAL EVERY WEEK -- THAT THIS MOVIE WOULD SEEM DATED BY THE TIME IT CAME OUT?

A. Yes, absolutely. I did a lot of research, met with a lot of people, got some very good insights from people like (former New York state attorney general and governor) Eliot Spitzer -- who is back in the news -- but he was one of the earliest investigators of these cases. You remember, he was the guy who originally got the biggest settlement out of (insurer) AIG back in 2006.

Q. AND WHEN YOU WERE DOING THAT RESEARCH AND FILMING ON LOCATION DID YOU FIELD MUCH STATIC FROM PEOPLE WHO KNEW WHAT YOU WERE DOING?

A. The conservative banks would not deal with us, no. They would not let us in. Goldman sealed their floors to us. We did get pictures of the inside of it for production design reasons. They were very arrogant.   Continued...

 
<p>Workers adjust a billboard for the film ''Wall Street, Money never sleeps'' by director Oliver Stone before the start of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, May 11, 2010. The Cannes film festival, the world's biggest, runs from May 12 to 23. REUTERS/Yves Herman</p>