Thursday, April 25, 2024

Exclusive: Michael Douglas on Catherine Zeta Jones and “Liberace”


Michael Douglas: “He’s a rock star,” someone said last night when Douglas came into the Booth Theater to see Kathleen Turner‘s opening night in “High.” He was accompanied by his longtime publicist Allen Burry. It’s true. Everyone wanted to see Douglas, find out how he is, ask after wife Catherine Zeta Jones, etc. He greeted Nederlanders and Shuberts alike. The New York Post’s Cindy Adams, who sometimes bolts during intermissions, was seated next to Burry, and wasn’t going anywhere.

Douglas has survived cancer and kept a mane of shiny, thickish gray hair. Unbelievable. He looks great. At intermission, I asked him about filming his next movie, “Liberace.”

“We have to wait until September, I think,” he said. “Matt Damon’s going off to make a payday picture this summer. And I have to gain some weight.” Damon is indeed filming “Elysium” with Jodie Foster, directed by Neill Blomkamp, for Sony.

And how is CZJ? “She’s off to Louisiana to shoot a new film,” Michael said, making no reference to CZJ’s recent news headlines. I didn’t bring them up. When the film is shot, the family heads to their home in Spain for the summer.

And how is Michael’s dad, Kirk Douglas, who stole the Oscar show? “He’s 94 and doing great,” Michael said. “He did just about steal that show, didn’t he?” He said, and grinned.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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