Michael Douglas is well on his way to recovery. He opens up in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that he's feeling stronger-even strong enough to take on a new role. More on that later.
“I'm happy to be feeling the way I do today,” he tells THR, “as opposed to how I felt a week ago.”
For someone who went through months of chemo and radiation five times a week, Douglas couldn't be happier for his health. And he seems to have maintained a sense of humor.
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“After all the adversity I've had this year,” he says, “with my health and my son's incarceration, my ex-wife and the lawsuit -- to be able to sit here and talk to you, I'm so happy.”
Looking to the future, Douglas is already jumping right back into work-according to THR he'll play the lead role in the upcoming film Liberace, directed by Steven Soderbergh--a role that will apparently require prosthetics and musical training. That's no easy task! Especially as his first role back!
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Douglas' other big project in the works: taking his family on a trip around the world. “They're at a good age where they'd be old enough to understand it but not be torn away from their peer group,” he explains. “We just have to make sure we have enough stuff to do so we don't kill each other!”
As for the tabloid rumors of Michael's deteriorating health, he and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones try to ignore it. “I don't read any of that stuff, regardless of what it says,” Zeta-Jones says. “Where it does affect me, it's the fact that Michael is sequestered in the apartment. But he really is on the upward curve now.”
She's referring to the dozens of paparazzi who have been stalking them outside their NYC apartment since news broke of the cancer.
Michael choked up during the interview, saying, “I've been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. Cancer has shown me what family is. It showed me a love that I never knew really existed.”
We're so happy to have him back! Wishing him health and happiness in the new year.