Bardem Out As Evil Hedgie In ‘Wall Street 2’

Jul 24 2009 | 10:08am ET

Javier Bardem won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a cold-blooded killer in No Country for Old Men. But even he doesn’t want to be associated with the hedge fund industry right now.

The Spanish actor, who was tipped to play an evil hedge fund manager in the sequel to the 1987 classic Wall Street, will not star in the Oliver Stone film, due out in February.

In the new film, Wall Street 2, Bardem was to play a hedge fund manager suspected by the protagonist—a young trader for his firm played by Shia LaBeouf—of causing his mentor’s suicide. LaBeouf’s character, seeking revenge, turns to none other than Gordon Gekko, Michael Douglas’ character who uttered the first film’s most iconic line: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” Douglas is back to play Gekko in Wall Street 2.

What could lure Bardem away from the role, given that he “loves Oliver Stone,” his publicist told Forbes. Well, Julia Roberts.

Bardem will co-star with Roberts in the movie version of the bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, based on a memoir by an American woman who goes to Italy to find meaning in her life.

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