Stone says it is precisely Douglas' darker side that made him eager to recast him as Gekko. "He's a much more interesting character now," the director says. "In the original 'Wall Street,' Michael brought surprise because no one saw him as an actor of that weight at the time. But now, Michael has lived life. He's always had a side of him that's dark, but back then he had a more golden life in a lot of ways. Now, the rubber has met the road. Life catches up with everyone, and Michael has the gift of being able to project that."