Michael Douglas recently spoke about his career and marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones, in an interview in which he said he wishes he had written more of his life down.
“If you’re not careful, you don’t really cherish that moment or that time and next thing you wake up and its 50 years later and you go, ‘Whoah what happened?'” Douglas said in a conversation with Juju Chang at the Paley Center, per THR. “I wish I’d kept a diary a little more as a sense of a reminder. But I think you just rush along and when you reach an age where your life slows down it’s too late.”
Douglas spoke about wanting to be remembered as a “good husband” to his wife of 20 years, recalling the night he first met Zeta-Jones at the Deauville Film Festival. Douglas was at the festival promoting A Perfect Murder, while Zeta-Jones was promoting Zorro.
“I looked at her, and I said, ‘Catherine, I’m going to be the father of your children,'” Douglas said as the audience awed. “The first time I met her! You think that went over big?”
He then branched into his career, noting the importance of his producing and directing background in selecting acting roles. “It’s all about material — if it’s comedy [or] tragedy. I don’t look at the part; I really look at what’s going to be a good project, movie, television show,” Douglas told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve got a producing background so I’m used to looking at the whole project.”
He also spoke about following in his father’s footsteps and differentiating his work; however, he noted that they’ve had a similar career trajectory.
“My dad had a very similar arc. His first eight or nine pictures, he played the sensitive man. It wasn’t until 1950 he did a movie called The Champion — and he was nominated for an Oscar — that he played a bad guy,” Douglas said. “For me, it was Wall Street that changed my arc.”
And he said a lot more. Read it up here.