Michael Douglas

(Michael Kirk Douglas)

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A lot of actors get concerned about their own image, even going so far as to rewrite a movie to best serve that image. All I want to do is be in good movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Actors, I have to say, most of the time, they elevate things; they don't screw things up most of the time. Time
Actresses have more fear of being disliked. I, on the other hand, revel in it.
All the pictures I do are contemporary. I've sort of discovered I haven't really been into science fiction or period pictures. And so, in that vein, psychological thrillers play a big part. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.
Cancer has shown me what family is. It showed me a love that I never knew really existed. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
Capitalism is part of our system, but it's not for the faint of heart.
Celebrity gets you access to world leaders.
Chemotherapy takes its toll; the more you keep doing it, you lose your energy, and it gets more difficult to swallow.
Control is what gives you privacy.
Directing talent is very nebulous. You know, it's not in front of you like an actor's performance.
Directors have so much else to do besides tell actors what to do. There are so many issues and problems.
Do you know what absolute happiness is? For me, it is to wake up my kids in the morning - these little pieces of innocence - to wake them and find they're so happy to see me! It is unequivocal love, no question about it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Morning ;Happiness & Unhappiness
During my first marriage, my career was the most important thing in my life. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Early on, someone had told me, 'You know, the camera can always tell when you're lying.' And, Jesus, that intimidated me. 'The camera can always tell? How am I going to do this?' Until one day I thought, 'Wait a minute, acting is lying. Acting is all about lying.'
Every empire eventually falls.
Everything's so repressive now - it's the No generation. You can't do anything, you can't eat anything, you have to abstain.
'Five Easy Pieces,' 'Easy Rider' - those are indie pictures; those were not studio pictures. They had relationships with studio distribution, but they were indies.
For a long time, I can't say I was one who really enjoyed acting. I was always censoring it, or editing it, or analyzing it, rather than just going with it. Time
For an actor, it's great fun to play one of these hungry white sharks. Audiences love to hate them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I believe there is a spirit within us, which we nurture based upon our efforts and what we bring to the world. But it doesn't come from the outside; it comes from the inside.
I come from a tough stock.
I do think of myself as a bit of a loner, a bit of an independent. I'm one of those people who, when they're sick, like to curl up and remove myself. I don't like a lot of people around. There is nothing you can do to help.
I don't ever do those kind of epic, huge, green-screen movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't know about Brad Pitt leaving that beautiful woman to go hold orphans for Angelina. I mean how long is that going to last?
I don't know if likeable, pleasant characters have enough conflict for me to want to do them. I admire those people, but I've never been that kind of screen presence who can do nothing. I need to do something.
I don't look good in tights. I know that.
I don't smile a lot in my pictures. I'm always so... grim.
I don't think tongue cancer is the best cancer for an actor.
I don't wish ill will on anybody.
I enjoy provocative things that are questionable.
I grew up on the East Coast and was going to go to an Ivy League School, but at the last minute I decided to be a hippy. It was the protest movements on the war, peace movements were going on at our university. It was a fantastic time. Time ;War & Peace
I guess there are some women who like older men, but it's a smaller group. Women
I had a great stepfather.
I have hardly ever worked with the same director twice. But when you have worked with a director before, you understand his behavior.
I have nothing against her, and in fact I'm very fond of my first wife. But we should have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier. Families, Children & Parenting
I have some idea of the pressure of finding your own identity with a famous father. Fame
I haven't played a lot of nice guys.
I love kids, and I love having had this second chance to have a family. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
I met Michael Milken for the first time with Oliver Stone at the Drexel Burnham offices in Los Angeles. Time
I never really look at my movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I tell my kids they are going to live to over 100.
I think sometimes in relationships, ladies like having a man who takes care of them, nurtures them. If you can't find it in a man your own age, you find it in somebody who is older.
I think the quality of television, given the amount of time you have, how short you have, is proportionally so much better than most movies. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I thought I could never be the actor Dad was, so I avoided it for a while. Families, Children & Parenting
I try not to dwell too much on a bad marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
I was there the night John Lennon was shot, three blocks away. It left a lasting impression on me.
I was undeclared. I was in my third year of school. They said you have to decide upon a major, and my father was an actor. My mother was an actress. So, I thought theater might be the way to go.
I went into rehab to save my marriage, but I wound up saving myself. Families, Children & Parenting
If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
If your work isn't exciting, doesn't stir the emotions, where's the challenge? Where's the progress if you always play it safe? Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm a risk-taker. Most of my career has not been a joyful experience, but it has been challenging. I like the dangers.
I'm an optimistic guy.
I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In the movie 'Wall Street' I play Gordon Gekko, a greedy corporate executive who cheated to profit while innocent investors lost their savings. The movie was fiction, but the problem is real.
In 'Wall Street,' Charlie Sheen carried that movie.
It took me too long to realise that if you go to a marriage counsellor to resolve problems, it's in his interest to keep the marriage going. Families, Children & Parenting
It's difficult for me to meet women because my crowd is much older. I know that for some of the young women I do meet, a relationship with me can be envisioned as a benefit to their career. Women
I've always been somebody who, when I started a picture, never knew what the next picture would be.
I've always liked Tina Turner.
I've always tried to kind of stretch my wings as an actor and do things that are different.
I've always worked hard and played hard, and I'm sure I'll be cleaning up my act in the future. Future
I've been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long.
I've just kind of been used to carrying movies. I look back and I'm just used to being in every single scene in a lot of pictures. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I've never been one to carefully calculate my career decisions, to sit on the outside looking in. I go with my passion and what moves me.
I've taken blame about being a bad father - if being a bad father is working your butt off trying to create a career at one time. Time
Kids know. They know everything. I would err on the side of pretty much sharing everything.
'King of California' was just, I thought, a really great, fresh, original kind of script. I loved the tone, the mix of tragedy, comedy, and drama, and that it was a good part.
Learning patience was not an easy lesson. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Patience
Liberace was a lovely guy.
Liberace was one of the biggest stars in America. He was a kind of a phenomenon.
Like a lovely orchid, or anything else that's nurtured, marriage prospers and grows, but if it's ignored, it withers. Families, Children & Parenting
Like my father, like most actors, I was a pretty ambitious guy.
Most of the stories I read are about my Hollywood pedigree.
My dad was a movie star. Having that name was good and bad. People think it's a silver spoon. It's not. Families, Children & Parenting
My daughter is a horseback rider, so I try to watch her ride; we take holidays together.
My father did 90-plus films. He was Spartacus!
My marriage and my families come certainly before my career. Families, Children & Parenting
My memories of Las Vegas were all with my father when I was, like, a teenager. He was best friends with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and we'd come up and see the shows and go backstage afterwards and have dinner together. It was one of my first educations about stars and how they really are back stage.
My mother and father met at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was a senior and she was a junior, and their marriage didn't last very long. Families, Children & Parenting
My mother is Bermudan, so I had a lot of memories when I was a kid, used to go down to Bermuda a lot.
My movies are usually about stripping off the makeup, getting down to the skeleton. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My own parents divorced when I was six. I was raised with my brother Joel by our mother on the East Coast, visiting my father in Los Angeles during holidays. When your parents are divorced, you don't know anything else, do you?
Of course I feel blessed that I have a wife that is 25 years younger.
Of course it's important to make mistakes, as long as you grow from them.
'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' which my father had tried to get made for six, seven years, and I for four, was turned down by every studio. Every studio in the world had passed on it.
Our economy is increasingly dependent on the success and integrity of the financial markets. Success
Paul Rudd is ripped.
People are goofy about the movie business, so you end up counting on friends you knew before you were successful. It is harder to make new friends because you are a little more cautious. Business, Commerce & Finance
Religion has certainly been shoved down my throat. Religion & God
Retiring gives the impression that you're relieved that your job is over.
Serious is when they tell you, 'You've got cancer.' Cancer is serious, but then the rest of it is not.
Sometimes art imitates life. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Sometimes we spend more efforts with people that are strangers in terms of making an impression than the person that's closest to us. And you just gotta remember not to take for granted that person that's closest to you.
The arts are a celebration of life. Life
The Cold War's end pushed disarmament down most leaders' agendas. It's a sophisticated issue, which I think is one reason why it is not so hands-on to many people. It's not visceral. It's not like a starving child. War & Peace
The message from national security experts and citizens around the world is clear: The only way to eliminate the global nuclear danger is to eliminate all nuclear weapons.
The one thing that men and women have in common - they both like the company of men. Women
The people who work in Wall Street still look up to Gordon Gekko. He's sort of a guru. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The quality of health care in Canada is excellent. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The so-called 'last golden age,' in the 1970s, most of those movies were independent films. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The studios basically, besides developing some material, their strength is distribution. Distribution in any other business is a cost that you incur. You know, in a trucking business, you eat it. In a film business, distribution is a profit center. Business, Commerce & Finance
The thing with cancer is that you want to get it as early as you can.
There are not a lot of sons or daughters of actors who have made it. Hollywood is awash with failures.
There is something about seeing rhinos and lions running free that excites you. It's not that you feel afraid; it's more like you're liberated by seeing them.
There's nothing like a family crisis, especially a divorce, to force a person to re-evaluate his life. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
To me, Bermuda is a real family spot. Families, Children & Parenting
'Wall Street' was a very important movie for me in terms of my career. I won an Oscar, and then the film 'Fatal Attraction' came right after it.
When I go on a holiday to a tropical place, I'll spray tan before I go.
When I was working on pictures with my father, there were a couple leading ladies to whom I wish I'd expressed how I felt rather than being too cool or too shy.
When you are a celebrity, nothing remains secret for very long.
When you're making pictures out of heartfelt passion, it hurts when someone calls them a calculated business move. Business, Commerce & Finance
When you've accomplished a certain amount in your career, you're not so focused on your ambitions.
With 'Black Rain,' I spent a lot of time with homicide detectives, and I spent a lot of time with different brokers on 'Wall Street.' It helps get the rhythm of the piece and the tone, and how overplayed or underplayed it might be. That's also the magic of movies: You get to hang out and live these different lives. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Women are now very comfortable to have babies into their late 30s. You can be a father in your 50s. I'm not saying it's for everybody, and I think people have to get their own life secure before they take on the responsibility of a partner and children. Life ;Women
You just have to know what your responsibility is to the movie, and live up to that, and be considerate of the other actors in the scene... I have never been competitive in that way - I always want my leading ladies to be as good as they possibly can be.