“You just had the flash-crash on Thursday. Here we are at Cannes. It’s almost like Rupert Murdoch made it happen,” said co-star Shia LaBeouf, referring to the chairman of News Corp., which owns 20th Century Fox, the studio releasing the film. “You’re down 1,000 points on Thursday, you’re up 300 points on Monday,” LaBeouf, who plays Gekko’s new protege, said in an interview. “You literally, just as I’m speaking to you, just went through the most tumultuous 30 minutes to ever hit the market in the history of Wall Street, and here we are promoting a movie. It’s wild that our movie’s taking place in this landscape. This is a firefight in the middle of the craziest money storm that has ever happened.”
At least that’s what he claimed to Vulture on the eve of Money Never Sleeps premiering at Cannes.
What are you doing to relax before your movie premieres tomorrow?
[Laughs.] I’m trying to get tickets for people. “Friends.” It’s insane here. You know what a ticket’s going for here on this film, on the black market? 8,000 Euros! That’s about $10,000, I think … which is approximate, but still, amazing for a movie ticket.
It’d be kind of ironic if this film in particular sparked a dangerously volatile futures market.
It’s a scalping thing. I heard we were the highest ticket at the festival. I had 25 “friends” call on the last day [before the film screened] to get in. That’s a dilemma you can’t get out of.
Stone also told the interviewer that though he had the chance to get Lloyd Blankfein’s notes on the flick, he declined to screen it for the li’l fella, assuming he wouldn’t like it, due to the criticism of “the banking class.” Which I think it unfair! Would LB have opened the doors of 85 Broad and allocated multiple partner managing directors to give Shia an insider look at what life is like at GS (and what it takes to get hired at the place) if he wasn’t looking forward to this thing?! Read more »
The Hollywood actor – who made the motto famous as trader Gordon Gekko in 1987 film Wall Street – says he chased the big bucks for years. The movie veteran said: “I played. Years ago, through the tech booms, I definitely did it.” Then it all came tumbling down. The actor, 65, said: “I lost 35 to 40 per cent of my net worth on the 2008 crash.” Despite prices starting to recover, he was shocked into ending his profiteering – and pulled most of his cash from stocks. He revealed: “At the end of last year, I took a whole bunch out.”
Yesterday we mentioned that thespian, Level III CFA candidate and noted stock picker Shia LaBeouf had been talking up InterOil, an oil and natural gas exploration company. “IOC’s momentum is major, and it will surprise to the upside,” LaBeouf said in a text message to the GQ article’s author, Adam Sachs, who wrote about ShiLa’s new hobby (making it rain all from the comfort of his boxers) for the magazine’s April issue. But where did the master trader get the idea? Sure he meets with Goldman Sachs execs on the reg and is thisclose to becoming a CFA but is he really that good? I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt (he’s going to be running one of the most powerful hedge funds in the world one day so trying to stay on his good side and all that) but others are thinking the budding BSD had some help from his friends at John Thomas Financial (the people who brought you the pride rally and breasts as napkins). Read more »
Though hard at work studying for the Level III, the thespian took two to make some recommendations. This first one is free, but moving forward you’ll have to subscribe to LaBeouf’s weekly newsletter if you want to keep these valuable insights in your life.
LaBeouf in the April issue of GQ talked up the stock of an oil and natural gas exploration company that has yet to produce any of either. “IOC’s momentum is major, and it will surprise to the upside,” LaBeouf said in a text message to the GQ article’s author, Adam Sachs, using the trader lingo he apparently picked up while prepping for the film. The 23-year-old star of the “Transformers” franchise was referring to InterOil, a Canadian firm with the New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol IOC that says it’s searching for natural gas and oil in Papua New Guinea.
As I’m sure many of you know, it’s not atypical for someone with a long and storied career on the Street to look back and reflect. They’ve earned the right and its likely that if any of the young whippersnappers cared to listen, they might learn something themselves. Shia LaBeouf is no different. As someone who spent months trading his online brokerage account, bonded with the Charles Schwab guys (Encino branch) and taken several meetings with employees of Goldman Sachs, all in preparation for his (fake) career, he’s figured out a thing or two. And now he wants to share it with you. Read more »