Whew. I’m exhausted. Was up before 7am to make sure I got into this morning’s movie – “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps”. Bumped into a few party stragglers on the way over to the Palais. They were heading home, dressed in shabby 3-piece suits after a night of partying. A Norwegian journo in Cannes once said we’re all worms here at the Festival – either Earthworms who slink out of the sun and into the dark to watch movies all day long, or Glow worms who sleep all day and come out shimmering to party at night.
Stopped in at L’Up (a brasserie across the road from the Palais) for a cafe creme and croissant, and there were people merrily glugging down wine and beer. At 7.30am!
So I made it into “Wall Street 2” and so glad I did. It was fantastic. Apart from its obvious relevance in the aftermath of the global financial meltdown, it features an all-star cast, a well-written script and is wrapped in a humanity and humour that makes the thought-provoking questions – like how do you balance a love for money with a love of your family – not so lecture-y. Great moments include guest appearances by Charlie Sheen, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and a mobile phone circa 1993 (where the first movie left off and Gordon Gekko was thrown in jail).
All the stars were in attendance afterwards for the press conference – including Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, Shia LaBoeuf, Carey Mulligan, Frank Langella and director Oliver Stone. I’ll be posting a transcript of the interview in the next few days.
Am rushing off to a South African event now to view some trailers on upcoming SA movies.