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Cancer-Stricken Michael Douglas Rallies for 'Wall Street 2' Premiere

By DNAinfo Staff on September 21, 2010 2:31pm

By Olivia Scheck

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Despite an ongoing battle with cancer, a visibly ill Michael Douglas soldiered on for the New York premiere of his new film, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," Monday night.

Shia LaBeouf, who plays Douglas's son-in-law in the film, reportedly praised his co-star's tenacity.

"He's a wolf, and he has great support from his family; good strong group of friends," LaBeouf, 24, told CBSNews. "Cancer picked the wrong guy."

The 65-year-old actor confirmed that he'd been diagnosed with stage-four throat cancer last month on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

During the "Letterman" appearance, Douglas said that he would be undergoing treatment for the next eight weeks and that the side effects from the chemotherapy were likely to get progressively worse.

"It is going to cut into the 'Wall Street' foreign promotional tour, to say the least," Douglas laughingly told Letterman.

But less than one month later, Douglas, who won the Best Actor Oscar for the original "Wall Street," was fighting through his illness at the Ziegfeld Theatre premiere, walking the red carpet with co-stars LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin and Susan Sarandon.

"Wall Street" director Oliver Stone, financier Warren Buffett, who has a cameo in the film, and talk-show host Tyra Banks were also there.

Douglas did not stick around for the screening or attend the afterparty, according to the New York Post.

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" hits theaters on Friday.