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



(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.