May 14th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Michael Douglas: "Brooke, before we start this interview..."

"...I want to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

Say what, Michael?!

The "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" star surprised me at the Cannes Film Festival when we sat down to talk about the new film - which is premiering here at Cannes - and the first words out of his mouth were a birthday greeting!

Now I'm not one to make the world stop for my fact, I hadn't even mentioned it to any of my colleagues here. But I should never underestimate my sweet (and very sneaky!) coworkers. They secretly spoke with Michael's publicist in advance about the birthday surprise, and he graciously agreed to participate. I was stunned and, I admit, a bit thrilled my birthday didn't just come and go.

And yes, I know it's not all about me. So here are some nuggets from my chats with the "Wall Street" folks:

  • Michael Douglas told me people still closely identify him with his Oscar winning portrayal of Gordon Gekko more than 20 years after the original movie.
  • Director Oliver Stone is ticked off at investment banks, and he's sending a message with this film... but boy does he have a silly side - you should see his cameos in the movie.
  • Shia LaBeouf is intense. He was so intimidated by the stature of his co-stars, his nerves were frayed every day on set. To build confidence, he researched his role as a day trader until he almost became one himself.
  • Carey Mulligan is lovely. She came to Cannes as a tourist when she was 12 and tried to get on camera behind news crews on the street. Carey laughed and called herself "desperate."
  • Josh Brolin is easy to talk to and spoke lovingly of his beautiful, equally famous wife, Diane Lane.
  • Frank Langella is a warm, funny guy...reminisced about how wild Cannes used to be in the 70s.

The movie hits theaters in September, and they're hoping its relevance with today's unpredictable economic climate resonates with the audience.

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  1. Joe Six Pack

    Mickey D. was tremendous in this reprise of Gekko!

    September 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. George Rubenstone

    Mickey D. is great again as Gekko!

    September 4, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ross Bowman

    Douglas is a Superstar.

    September 4, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ckesling

    happy birthday brooke !!! and i love michael douglas too ! bye the way joe, be happy !!!!!

    May 31, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ron Hevener

    Joe, why so critical? Let people have some fun. This is about entertainment, man! BTW, I've been to Cannes and it's great.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. gigi

    She did say here are some "nuggets" from the interview, intended, I'm sure, to generate interest in the entire interview. Joe does need to lighten up.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sinjin

    this is a blog! not an "official" article. it can be as lightheaded as the writer wants it to be. Probably dashed it off between interviews.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Seriously

    I enjoyed the quick read and it is nice to see the good side of people. Agree with C – we need to lighten up. It is Friday for Pete's sake.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. C

    Joe lighten up. In our nations current predicament we need to hear a little lightheaded stuff.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    What a pile of nonsense journalism.
    I'm sure all these people are "warm, funny, lovely, silly" and "intense" twenty-four hours a day.
    Oh–and happy birthday.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |

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