Michael Douglas ‘Still Digesting’ Mother Diana Douglas Webster’s Death

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Michael Douglas Remembers His Late Mother’s ‘Wicked Sense of Humor’.

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Douglas took a moment reflect on the memory of his mother, Diana, who died earlier this month at 92 after a bout with cancer. “My mother had an incredible sense of dignity and was a class act,” Douglas told The Associated Press Monday night at a special screening for his latest film, “Ant-Man.”

While filming Ant-Man, in theaters Friday, the actor tried—and failed—to recreate one of the actress’ most iconic movie scenes while filming a scene of his own with their mutual co-star, Michael Douglas.Dylan, his 14-year-old son with Catherine Zeta-Jones, hadn’t been able to see most of his dad’s R-rated movies — well-known fare such as Traffic, Wall Street and Wonder Boys. But now that the Oscar winner is one of Marvel Studios’ latest do-gooders in Ant-Man (in theaters Friday), he “thinks I’m the cat’s meow,” says Douglas, 70, with a laugh. “I’ve finally gained his respect after all these years.” Directed by Peyton Reed, the film stars a pair of actors who some might be surprised to see hanging in the same universe as Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.

Just because they lack a magic hammer or armored flying suit doesn’t mean they don’t have some super-swagger, though: Inventor Hank Pym (Douglas) hands down his high-tech hero suit to ex-con Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) so he can become Ant-Man, who has the ability to shrink down to crazy-small sizes and communicate with ants to save the day. Douglas’ career has been comprised mostly of conventional acting, so playing to a little red dot on his shoulder that would eventually be a mini-Rudd is a different experience. She appeared in more than 20 films including “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and “It Runs in the Family.” She also had a role on NBC’ “The West Wing.” She was married to Kirk Douglas from 1941-53. It’s intimidating, and he’s so nice,” Rudd explained. “I didn’t want him to think that I couldn’t be myself, and I thought, ‘I’m really going to try to be buddy-buddy with the guy.'” “It was his last day and we were doing a close-up, and I thought, ‘You know what I’m going to do?

He’s never been in a feature before that required shoulder rolls and parkour, “but it’s cool,” says Rudd, 46. “How many people have to learn a back handspring for their job?” He adds that it was easy to feel pretty heroic in the Ant-Man ensemble, from gloves with the shrinker button to the red-lensed helmet. “That first time I put the thing on, I was like, ‘Oh, so this is what it’s essentially going to be.’ I turned into a 10-year-old.” Even with the explosions, supervillainy and various bits of derring-do that Ant-Man has in common with, say, the Avengers films, Rudd and Douglas give a double dose of emotional depth. He has some anger issues and some deep regrets in his past, so there’s a lot there for Michael to play.” Rudd is much more of a fan of the Kansas City Royals than Guardians of the Galaxy comics.

He reached a point five years ago where he never thought he’d work again after being diagnosed with Stage IV tongue cancer, but with Ant-Man and his Emmy-winning turn as Liberace in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, Douglas’ career is getting “these broad chances that I had not done before.”

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