Despite battling stage 4 throat cancer, Michael Douglas attended the NYC premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Monday, happily posing for photos with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and his costars, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin.
LaBeouf, 24, told UsMagazine.com working with the Oscar-winning actor, who turns 66 this week, was "surreal. It was an out-of-body experience.
"He's got a nice way of easing everybody’s tensions," he added. "When you walk onto a set like this, where it’s sacred ground, there’s a legacy at stake. But your mascot puts you at ease."
He has no doubt the actor will overcome his battle with the disease.
Watching Douglas, LaBeouf said he learned what "strength" is.
"He is a wolf, and he is a strong man," he said. "And I know of his vulnerabilities. When he came to set ... he was dealing with a lot, but never was it, 'Woe is me.' Ever."
Douglas has "a face they’re going to paint on walls," LaBeouf told Us. "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."
Douglas didn't speak to reporters, but Brolin, 42, told Us his costar is "doing as well as can be expected. I think the fact that the guy’s coming out here in the first place is a testament to who he is, to his character ... He’s not hiding, and I think that’s great."