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Michael Douglas, no”Solitary Man,” says family is top priority

September 12, 2009


(Reporting by Frank McGurty)

Michael Douglas has done just about all one can do in Hollywood. He grew up a member of show business royalty as the son of legendary Kirk Douglas. He won an Oscar for best movie by producing ”One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and another one for best actor with “Wall Street.” He’s been in big blockbusters like “The American President” and little, independent movies such as “Solitary Man,” which played here at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

So, it’s little wonder that when asked by reporters at TIFF how he balances making movies and being a father Douglas, 64, who is currently married to Catherine Zeta-Jones with whom he has two young children, said he doesn’t anymore – so much.

“I don’t think you balance,” he said. “For a long time in my life, you led with your career. Making movies is a full-time occupation and you choose to go away from home. So, you’ve got to make choices. In my life, right now, my balance has changed. Since I got married (to Zeta-Jones) and raised a family, I would say my family is first and issues involved with the United Nations, issues like disarmament, come second. And if you’re lucky, you find projects like ‘Solitary Man’ that motivate you to go off to work. I’m not that motivated, or I don’t see that many good projects that make me want to go away and leave my family.”

We note that his marriage to Zeta-Jones is his second. He was previously married to Diandra Douglas, from whom he is divorced. They have a grown son, Cameron, who recently was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. You can read about that here.

Douglas has said before that “The family is devastated and very disappointed in Cameron’s recent behavior. Any family who has dealt with substance abuse knows how devastating it can be.” So, no one at the TIFF presser, pressed him on the subject of Cameron. But there’s probably not much more to be said. Cameron is 30.


Saw the film at TO Fest – AMAZING – Michael Douglas was AMAZING – noone else could have done that role justice. Mr. Douglas was at the showing – much appreciated by the audience – and in the film, he is as compelling (and handsome as ever – and if that takes away from my credibility, so what?) I’ve been to several films at this festival over the years – this was a stand out.

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