Michael Douglas Says He Had a Resurgence After Cancer Fight

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Beating cancer gave my career resurgence of energy: Michael Douglas.

NEW YORK (AP) – An emotional Michael Douglas said Thursday that surviving his cancer scare several years ago gave him new vitality as he settles into his senior years. Douglas, 71, spoke about his health at an AARP luncheon celebrating the Academy Award-winner’s storied career and said: “It’s good to be alive.” Besides his wife, fellow Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, his “Ant-Man” co-star Paul Rudd, his “Fatal Attraction” co-star Glen Close, Blythe Danner, David Hyde Pierce, Zac Posen and Jann Wenner attended.

It’s a thrill and I love the feeling of flying without a net,” Douglas, 71, told Variety while attending a celebratory luncheon Thursday at New York’s Le Bernardin restaurant with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones where he was honored with the AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award. “That’s probably why I’ve always taken unpredictable projects. Douglas called “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which he produced, his most profound work, and noted that it was turned down at every Hollywood studio before its eventual release. His voice cracked when he thanked his wife for her support; the couple separated a couple of years ago but reconciled, and Douglas noted the pair were celebrating their 15th anniversary this year.

Acting is something that I’ve known my whole life and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.” Douglas has appeared in 50 films and produced nearly 20 movies. He also got political, railing against super PACs that give large contributions to political candidate, blaming them for viciousness in the presidential campaign climate. He said the secret to his longevity is focusing on the work and not worrying about impressing others. “My career has been based on the material and it’s always been based on what I think emotionally moves me, what makes me laugh and makes me angry,” he said. “Sticking with the material rather than worrying about your image is the key and the most important thing in an actor’s career. He also cited Wednesday’s deadly mass shooting in San Bernadino, California, in asking for people of different political beliefs to unite on a common gun control solution, so “we cannot be completely embarrassed” before the rest of the world. They both want to act and I’ve told them to be ready for rejection,” he said. “That’s the one part I always warn everybody starting out in the business.

It was one of those situations where I was aware of something being wrong and had two or three misdiagnoses and spent a year before I went in and found out it was stage 4 cancer. She told Variety she is grateful for Douglas’ big heart. “There’s so much I admire about my husband,” said Zeta-Jones. “He’s not just a great actor and a father, but his ability to be such a good citizen of the planet is inspiring. He cares about everybody and that’s what I love about him.” Up next for Douglas is Marvel’s comic book sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which is slated to start production next year.

Rudd said he is excited to reunite with Douglas and highly respects his candor. “All of my life I certainly was a fan of his work and getting to know him over the past few years I’ve become even a bigger fan of him,” Rudd told Variety. “He’s very concise, he speaks his mind and he doesn’t worry about what popular opinion might be.

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