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Michael Douglas says Oliver Stone slammed him for bad acting

Michael Douglas, left, poses with director Oliver Stone during a photocall for "Wall Street - Money Never Sleeps."

Michael Douglas, left, poses with director Oliver Stone during a photocall for "Wall Street - Money Never Sleeps."  (Reuters)

 

Michael Douglas has revealed that legendary director Oliver Stone was less than impressed with his acting when they were filming "Wall Street."

 

Stone originally wanted Richard Gere to play Gordan Gekko in the 1987 flick but eventually settled on Douglas despite being advised not to hire the actor.

Stone blasted Douglas for not being able to act when they were filming a scene in the back of a limo where Gekko brags about the size of his fortune to Bud Fox [played by Charlie Sheen].

“Oliver said, ​‘How ​are ​you ​feeling​?’” Douglas recalled in an interview with Sunday People.

“​I said, ‘I am feeling good’. He said, ​‘Mich​a​el, are you doing drugs​?’ I said ‘No’. He said, ​‘Because​ you look like you have never acted ​before in your life​.'

“I say, ‘Oliver, I thought it was pretty good.’ Oliver wanted ​just ​a little​ bit​ more anger​. And I went to town after that​, ​ I worked my ass off.”

Douglas went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film.

“​You look back at Oliver Stones’s career — Jimmy Woods in 'El Salvador,' Charlie Sheen in 'Platoon,' Tom Cruise in 'Born On The Fourth of July,' Kevin Costner in 'JFK,' Val Kilmer in 'The Doors' — and every actor has probably given their best performance ​with Oliver Stone,” Douglas told Sunday People.

“Because, whether it is his Vietnam ​mentality, he wants you in the trenches with him.”

This article originally appeared on News.com.au

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