This is the cover of New York magazine featuring Michael Douglas for the July 2013 issue.
“Once you get that first kiss in, you are comfortable,” Douglas, who stars as pianist Liberace in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, tells New York magazine in its latest cover story (on newsstands May 13). “Matt and I didn’t rehearse the love scenes. We said, ‘Well – we’ve read the script, haven’t we?’ ”
“The hardest thing … is that everybody is a judge,” Douglas, 68, says. “I don’t know the last time you murdered somebody or blew anyone’s brains out, but everyone has had sex and probably this morning, which means everyone has an opinion on how it should be done.”
“I have gone from being a very disappointed but loving father who felt his son got what was due him to realizing that Lady Justice’s blindfold is really slipping,” Douglas tells New York about Cameron’s experience with the criminal justice system. “I’m not defending Cameron as a drug dealer or drug addict, but I believe, because of his last name, he’s been made an example … When he had the ‘slip,’ I said, ‘You were two weeks away from starting your rehab program!’ But years of shooting up heroin screws up your system.”
“When I was ill, I mostly lay on that couch,” he explains. “I watched a lot of sports, anything where I didn’t know the ending … I did [miss working], but I was too weak to miss much of anything. I was stage four, and there is no stage five.”
“The good and the bad of being second generation is there are no illusions,” he says, pointing out that only a few, like him and Jane Fonda, have been truly successful. “I always knew that this was a business. It can be wonderful, but it is a business.”
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