Monday 21 October 2019

Going strong: Douglas has 'no plans' to retire at 74

Douglas is best known for his dramatic roles, including banker Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street’, a part which won him the best actor Oscar in 1988. Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP
Douglas is best known for his dramatic roles, including banker Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street’, a part which won him the best actor Oscar in 1988. Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP
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Veteran star Michael Douglas says he has no plans to retire as he reflected on 50 years in showbusiness.

The 74-year-old Hollywood star - who has won Oscars as both an actor and a producer - revealed he is enjoying his work now more than ever after suffering badly with nerves during his early career.

Speaking at an event in LA on the eve of last night's Emmys, he said: "I was not an actor growing up, I had a lot of stage fright early in my career. I'm enjoying myself (now) more than I have."

Douglas is best known for his dramatic roles, including banker Gordon Gekko in 'Wall Street', a part which won him the best actor Oscar in 1988.

He now stars in comedy series 'The Kominsky Method' as an ageing acting coach.

Douglas, the son of Kirk Douglas, said it "means a lot" to be recognised for comedy.

He joked: "And I'm really savouring the fact - because my father doesn't think I'm very funny - I'm really enjoying the fact he can't get over this when he looks at the other people I'm with.

"I just had lunch with him, he's doing great. He's going to be 103 in December.

"He loves a good laugh but I'm not going to be winning any award from him."

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