Michael Douglas quotes
Quotes by and about Michael Douglas
(Continued from his main entry on the site.)
Douglas: "I had no desire for [acting] when I was younger."
Douglas: "I never would have been interested in [acting], I'm sure, if it wasn't for [my actor parents'] influence or being around them."
Douglas: "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."
Douglas: "[Steven Soderbergh is] pensive, a man of few, carefully chosen words."
Douglas: "There is always a part of you in every role you play - so sure, there's a similarity [between me and my character in 'Falling Down']. I have been known for 'inner rage' parts - maybe that's because I feel that as well sometimes."
Scott Tobias: "One thing that stands out in [his] acting career is that [he is] rarely in a subservient role. [He is] naturally a leader, even when [he is] leading characters off a cliff."
Kathleen Turner: "We were in Mexico in 1984, shooting 'Romancing The Stone'. The rain was so torrential that the roads to the sets kept getting washed away. It was a nightmare, but Michael, who was also producing, arrived on set one day and said, 'Oh, is the road gone? Then we'll make one.' The next day he arrived with a fleet of gravel trucks, which were then lined up at three every morning to build roads wherever they were needed. It was a vast operation, but he wasn't going to let anything stand in his way. In the end, we called it Douglasland."
Matt Bryant: "His ambition and razor-sharp nose for business - the deciding factor, incidentally, in Oliver Stone casting him in his Oscar-winning performance as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987) - has meant his consistent involvement in projects that simultaneously reflect the anxieties of their time and, frankly, rake in the cash. Think about it: Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The China Syndrome (1979), Fatal Attraction (1987)... Social commentary doesn't get more canny or commercial."