‘It’s dark – and I love it!

hol­ly­wood star Michael Dou­glas on the joys of play­ing an act­ing coach in a gen­er­a­tiongap com­edy…

TV Times - - Interview - The Komin­sky Method AVAIL­ABLE FROM FRI 16 NOV / NET­FLIX Richard Mc­clure

It’s cer­tainly a busy Novem­ber for Michael Dou­glas. the movie leg­end is be­ing hon­oured by the film

in­dus­try this month when his Hol­ly­wood star will be un­veiled on the Walk of Fame in Los An­ge­les.

On top of that, Michael, 74, is the lat­est act­ing heavy­weight to sign up for a new Net­flix se­ries – The Komin­sky Method lands on our screens this Fri­day.

The eight-part com­edy comes from Chuck Lorre, the man be­hind Two and a Half Men and

The Big Bang The­ory, and sees Michael play­ing a once-fa­mous ac­tor, Sandy Komin­sky, who now earns a liv­ing in LA as an act­ing coach.

We met up with Michael dur­ing film­ing to hear more…

What do you like about The Komin­sky Method?

It’s about the ab­sur­di­ties of age­ing. This is dark hu­mour, the kind I love. Like with my movies Fall­ing Down or The War of the Roses, in one mo­ment you go from hi­lar­ity to tragedy. That’s what life is all about. I’ve al­ways en­joyed com­edy. I don’t get a chance to do it that of­ten and so this is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity.

How would you de­scribe Sandy?

He has been mar­ried three times and has a lit­tle too much al­imony go­ing out to all his ex-wives. He’s had good times and bad times, and has a bit of a sar­donic at­ti­tude to­wards life.

What chal­lenges does he face?

He doesn’t get that much work as an ac­tor any more, but he’s a pretty re­spected act­ing teacher. The show is a con­trast be­tween the ide­al­ism and en­thu­si­asm of his young act­ing stu­dents ver­sus the jaded view of some­body who’s been in the busi­ness for 40 years.

Danny De­vito guest stars in the se­ries. Was it your idea to of­fer your old friend a part?

The pro­duc­ers said they were think­ing of Danny for the part of Sandy’s urol­o­gist. So I called him up and asked him to get on board.

Did you have an act­ing men­tor?

Karl Malden. He had an un­be­liev­able work ethic. His stamina and dis­ci­pline set an ex­am­ple for every­body else.

Your fa­ther, Kirk, turns 102 next month. Tell us about your re­la­tion­ship with him…

I’m very proud of him. He was an im­mi­grant to the US and it was a real rags-to-riches story. He had a lot of suc­cess, but when he was in his sev­en­ties, he had this sud­den change to be­come more spir­i­tual.

What hap­pened?

Back in 1991, he was in a he­li­copter that crashed with a small plane. He sur­vived, but two other men died, so he started ques­tion­ing why he was still alive. He went back to study­ing the Old Tes­ta­ment with a rabbi and he ob­tained a spir­i­tual level that he never had be­fore. It made him a kinder, more gen­er­ous man.

Fam­ily busi­ness:With dad KirkFunny man: Danny De­vitoguest stars

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