11 Things You Probably Never Knew About 'Wall Street'
On the heels of its 30th anniversary, Oliver Stone's '80s cult classic film "Wall Street" defines an era and encapsulates the insider trading scandals and massive wealth produced during the decade. The film was both Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas' coming out party, with Douglas' iconic Gordon Gekko character winning an Oscar for best actor and inspiring a generation of imitators.
Below are just 11 things compiled from IMDB.com regarding the movie.
11 Little Known Facts
- It was the first feature film to show a character using a cordless mobile cell phone.
- Stone gave Sheen the choice of having either Jack Lemmon or Martin Sheen play his father, C. Sheen chose his real-life father.
- The only film to win both an Oscar (Best Actor — Douglas) and a Razzie for acting (Daryl Hannah).
- Tom Cruise wanted the part of Bud Fox, but Stone had already chosen C. Sheen.
- The classic line "Greed…is good" was voted #70 on the "100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere.
- Douglas modeled his performance after then LA Lakers head coach Pat Riley (slicked-back hair).
- The film's working title was simply "Greed."
- Stone's first two choices to play Gekko were Richard Gere and Warren Beatty. James Woods was also offered the part but turned it down.
- Hannah has said that she has never seen the film.
- For research, Douglas read profiles of corporate raiders T. Boone Pickens and Carl Icahn.
- Douglas on when he first read the script, "I'd never seen a screenplay where there were two or three pages of single-spaced type for a monologue. I thought, 'Whoa!' I mean, it was unbelievable."
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