Entertainment behind the scenes
There is something slightly surreal about talking with an up-and-coming Hollywood star about the intricacies of trading on Wall Street. In an interview with Shia LaBeouf for his role in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, that’s exactly what happened.
The 23-year-old, most famous for the successful “Transformers” franchise, plays Jake Moore, an idealistic and successful financial trader who comes up against Michael Douglas’s ruthless Gordon Gekko and an equally formidable Bretton James (played by Josh Brolin) in Stone’s update of his 1987 hit “Wall Street”.
To research his role, LaBeouf met financial titans like George Soros and Warren Buffett, but also dealers just starting out in the cut-throat world of banking and investment, in order to be ready for the part.
“I think just out of necessity for the film and for my confidence, you know, just to be able to look Brolin in the eye and feel like I wasn’t going to melt, I had to feel like I was really trading and he was acting,” he said in the seaside cabins at the exclusive Hotel du Cap just outside Cannes. He quickly earned a reputation among other members of the cast for his knack with numbers after making quick profits on a reasonably small outlay as part of his training. Douglas said LaBeouf increased his initial investment 10-fold.
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” does not have most critics on its side, but with its $200 million-plus first five days in the U.S. and Canada, the movie starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox has box office watchers buzzing. Read the box office report here.
Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com Box Office, said “Transformers” is now No. 2 on the list of highest grossing, five-day debuts of all time. The top spot belongs to last summer’s “The Dark Knight” with $203.8 million.
Monday, we told you Hollywood is looking for big box office from the new movie “Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” when it begins playing in U.S. theaters on Wednesday. (Read about it here). And to give the studios hope, tickets for the movie have been hot items online.
As of late Tuesday, only hours ahead of midnight screenings, advance tickets remained highly sought. MovieTickets.com was reporting over 1,000 sellouts in theaters, including 600 midnight screenings. The movie was accounting for some 93 percent of all tickets sold at the website.