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Actor to speak at Hong Kong investor forum

HONG KONG, Aug 10 – Actor Michael Douglas, famed for his role as corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film Wall Street, will speak at an investor forum in Hong Kong next month, organisers said Tuesday.

Douglas — whose Oscar-winning performance became synonymous with the infamous phrase "greed is good" — will talk on topics including "filmmaking, nuclear abolition and the prevention of small arms proliferation," said brokerage CLSA, which is hosting the event.

The annual forum draws chief executives, fund managers and other financial big-hitters from around the world.

"We try to present newsmakers to our clients — people who are shaping the news or have a particular cause," CLSA spokeswoman Simone Wheeler told AFP. "We don\’t expect (Douglas) to be speaking about finance or business."

Controversial former US vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin spoke last year on terrorism, US economic policy and China. Other past speakers have included former US president Bill Clinton, ex-Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan, and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Douglas\’s September 15 speech will come a day after the first Asian screening of his reprisal of Gekko in director Oliver Stone\’s new film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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