Because he thinks he is. Michael was interviewed by GQ for their Men of the Year issue, in which he admitted that he thinks he’s had a pretty solid career and done a damn good job of everything, only to be underestimated. By whom, I’m not sure – movie studios? Fans? The world?
“I’ve always felt a little underestimated, personally. I’ve got a pretty good batting average over 40 years. Sometimes maybe it looked easy.”
Michael also spoke about how fucked up it was that US studios wouldn’t release Beyond the Candelabra in the US, meaning he couldn’t get nominated for an Oscar for the role (which he obviously feels he deserves):
“I’m actually taking a sort of joy, a revengeful joy, in the fact that all the studios turned it down. To me it was just a reflection of how constipated and conservative the studios have become.”
You know, I suppose I have underestimated Michael Douglas, but that’s probably just because I haven’t really paid any attention to him, at all. That’s not me being flippant – not intentionally so, anyway. I just can’t honestly say I’ve ever followed much of his career.
What do you guys think? Any big MDoug fans in the house?
November 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Michael Douglas won an Emmy last night for playing Liberace in Behind The Candelabra, one of the best films ever because of the facial expressions given to us by Mr. Rob Lowe. When getting his award, Mr. Douglas gave his son a shout out (via E Online):
My oldest son, Cameron, I’m hoping I’ll be able and they’ll allow me to see him soon.
See, Cameron Douglas is in federal prison on drug related charges. He elaborated to reporters backstage:
My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments—if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are—he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement and right now I’m being told that I cannot see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system. Obviously at first, I was certainly disappointed in my son. But I’ve reached a point now where I’m very disappointed with the system.
I’m on Michael Douglas’ side on this one. Here’s a timeline of Cameron Douglas’ drug problems so you can decide for yourself.
– 1999. Found with cocaine. Arrested for possession. Misdemeanor charge.
– 2007. Charged with felony possession of cocaine.
– 2009. Arrested for possession of 0.5 pounds of methamphetamine and charged with intent to distribute. This charge comes with 10 years.
–January 2010. Pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs and to heroin possession (apparently his girlfriend was hiding some in an electric toothbrush, wtf?) while he was under house arrest.
– April 2010. Sentenced to 5 years in prison for possessing heroin, and dealing methamphetamine and cocaine. Goes to prison.
– 2011. Pleads guilty to possessing drugs in prison. He’s sentenced to an addition 4 1/2 years.
– 2013. Found with drugs in his system at a different prison (he got moved because a prisoner broke his leg.) Was sent to solitary confinement. Lost appeal to have his sentence reduced. Will not get out until early 2018. (Thanks to Wikipedia for all the info.)
Given all his fuckups, I still don’t think he belongs in solitary confinement. I think he belongs in rehab.
Adding to Douglas’ stress is the absence of his wife by his side last night (though he did thank her in his speech). They’re definitely taking a break. As he told reporters on September 3, “We are fine. My wife and I are fine…[it's a] temporary separation.” C Z-J’s rep added, “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.”
September 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
The television people got all gussied up and won some awards. Here are some of the notable winners at the 2013 Emmy’s. Michael Douglas kissed Matt Damon’s face off into an Emmy for playing Liberace. Behind The Candelabra also won for best miniseries or movie. We all knew that was gonna happen.
Best Comedy: Modern Family
Best Lead Actress (Comedy): Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best Lead Actor (Comedy): Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Best Supporting Actor (Comedy): Tony Hale, Veep
Best Supporting Actress (Comedy): Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Best Drama: Breaking Bad (YEAH, BITCH!)
Best Lead Actress (Drama): Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Lead Actor (Drama): Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom. (BOOO, BITCH!)
Best Supporting Actor (Drama): Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire (BOOO, BITCH!)
Best Supporting Actress (Drama): Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
You can read the rest of the nominations at ABC News.
September 23, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Last week, it was revealed that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are taking a bit of a break in their marriage, which has a lot of people upset/sad/whatever. Of course, Michael is now saying that everyone is making a big deal out of nothing and that there’s actually no issue there, despite his earlier admission that they were going to “take time to evaluate and work on” their marriage.
While promoting Behind the Candelabra in Berlin, here’s what he told The AP about the state of affairs at home:
“I have a crisis at home? No I think the press has a crisis. We are fine. My wife and I are fine.
“We’ve taken a temporary separation but the press, it gives you stuff to write about.”
Well, since you’ve taken a temporary separation, you’re definitely not “fine” – you’d still be together if that was the case. Still, I don’t really think the ins and outs of things are anyone else’s business. I don’t know much about these two either way, but I hope they work it out… however it’s best for them.
September 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones aren’t divorcing, at least not yet. They are, however, separating. Gee, maybe because Michael Douglas blamed C Z-J for his cancer (a claim he tried to take back, but too late, bro.) Here’s the official statement from Ms. Zeta-Jones’ rep, gave E! News, via E Online:
Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.
From that sentence, E! has gleaned that, “it’s important to note that the Oscar-winning spouses have yet to file for divorce or formal documentation with the court announcing a legal separation.” Really glad they mentioned that they were both Oscar winners, that just puts everything in a whole new perspective.
Are you surprised by this announcement?
August 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Catherine Zeta-Jones is talking openly about her bipolar disorder and husband Michael Douglas‘ cancer, and it’s kind of heartbreaking. It’s good to know that they’re in a much better place in their lives. That place being her giant closet where she can hide and have some “me” time, as they say. From the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine via Daily Mail:
We spend a hell of a lot of time together, so we are careful to maintain our space. We recently had an extension built, to house a closet. It’s like the Tardis – I go in there and never come out.
Nice Dr. Who reference, C Z-J.
Bipolar is something I have been dealing with for a long time. [...] I wasn’t as strong as I thought I could have been. I look back and I can’t believe the strength he had.
They’ve definitely had an interesting couple of years recently. Glad he’s okay and good on her for having the strength to get help and then talk about it.