‘It’s dark – and I love it!
hollywood star Michael Douglas on the joys of playing an acting coach in a generationgap comedy…
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.
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.
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