Wednesday 23 May 2018

Douglas loving Oscars attention

Kirk Douglas made an impact at this year's Oscars
Kirk Douglas made an impact at this year's Oscars

Kirk Douglas has revealed his recent Oscars appearance made him feel like a teen idol.

The 94-year-old actor said he "felt like a bobby-soxer" after taking to the stage at last month's Academy Awards, when he presented The Fighter star Melissa Leo with the statuette for best supporting actress.

"I made 90 pictures, and now everybody in the restaurants and on the street are like, 'Oh Kirk!'" he said.

"I think I got paid more attention for those three minutes on the Oscars than anything I have ever done."

The veteran star will discuss his life and career before presenting a screening of the 1960 epic Spartacus in Hollywood next month.

As producer and star of Spartacus, he helped end the McCarthy-era in Hollywood by crediting blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Douglas said it was important to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film and its themes of freedom, both on and off screen.

He added: "When I look back, it's a remarkable picture. And it's so fitting now because Spartacus was one of the first fighters for freedom, and fights for freedom are happening all over the Middle East."

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