The new stars of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel are Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan, but ex-jailbird Gordon Gekko bumps into an old friend at a swanky Manhattan benefit. Why, if it isn’t Charlie Sheen’s Bud Fox, who appears to have rebounded quite well from his own crimes two decades ago! But if greed really is good, then I want more than just a Bud Fox cameo. I want needy chatterbox Marvin (John C. McGinley), who certainly would have his own CNBC financial talk show by now. I want Sir Larry Wildman (Terence Stamp), who would still be shooting daggers at Gekko from across the room. And I want steady soothsayer Lou Mannheim (Hal Holbrook), who, judging by his long-term strategies, could still be cruising along on three percent returns.
Astute observers might recognize Sylvia Miles, who returns as a New York City real estate agent, but which original character do you most wish was still in the mix in 2010? Martin Sheen’s idealistic Carl Fox? Daryl Hannah’s Martha-Stewart-wannabe, Darien? I’ve got to go with seen-it-all Lou, who once advised Bud, “Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.”