Playing Gecko again was nerve-wracking: Michael Douglas

London: Hollywood veteran Michael Douglas, who is currently recovering from throat cancer, was petrified of reprising his iconic character Gordon Gecko in `Wall Street: Money never Sleeps`.

The actor won an Academy Award for his portrayal of
Gekko in the 1987 original `Wall Street` and at the age of 66, Douglas said that enacting the character, without the trademark characteristics, was quiet a task, reported Contactmusic online.

"When director Oliver Stone, offered me the part in the first film I don`t think I was necessarily the first choice. Maybe the third. It was a crucial time in my acting career, 23 years ago, and played a very important part. Also the part was very colourful. The decision to strip Gecko of all his accoutrements and the armour, all the stuff that made him so colourful, was little nerve-wracking," said the actor. However, Douglas`s co-star in the movie, Shia LaBeouf couldn`t stop raving about his performance and labeled him as an "American institution" after working with him.

"He has a face they`re going to paint on walls. They`re going to remember him forever. You can`t say that about a lot of people. He`s an American institution. It`s intimidating and incredible and exhilarating and rewarding," said LaBeouf.