In 2018, Michael Douglas teamed up with Alan Arkin for the hit series “The Kominsky Method,” where he played the role of Sandy Kominsky, a seasoned acting coach grappling with the challenges of aging in Hollywood. Douglas’ standout performance earned him a Golden Globe Award. The story revolves around the relationship between Sandy and his millionaire agent friend, Norman Newlander, played brilliantly by Alan Arkin.
Together, they navigate the often-harsh realities of getting older. The show is an inside joke on Hollywood, poking fun at its obsession with aging (especially for women) – instead subverting the stereotype by portraying two men who are far from aging gracefully. The show – said to be Chuck Lorre’s most personal creation to date – is a rare blend of irreverence, heart, and class.
Why He Loves the Ant-Man Franchise
Michael Douglas has become an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What is more delightful is how much he has embraced his role as the cantankerous rogue scientist Hank Pym in the "Ant-Man" movies. In a recent interview, Douglas revealed his enthusiasm for the green screen, which he had never used before. He found the idea of talking to an ant on his shoulder and the endless possibilities staggering. It felt like play more than work, he said.
Douglas particularly enjoys the "Ant-Man" franchise's open sense of humor, which he feels sets it apart from other Marvel movies. Plus, he was so impressed with the set design that he made an effort to meet the production designers to express his admiration.
His Conversion to Judaism
Michael Douglas, although not raised in the Jewish faith due to his non-Jewish mother, converted to Judaism later in life following his cancer diagnosis. He is today a Reform Jew, inspired by his father, Kirk Douglas, who also embraced his faith in his later years, and his son Dylan, a devout believer.
In 2015, the Genesis Prize Foundation, an organization that promotes Jewish culture, recognized and honored Douglas' commitment to his faith. The recognition stirred controversy among the Jewish community, who questioned why the prize went to Douglas - someone who converted late in life and had a non-Jewish wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Filmography and Acting Range
Critics have praised Michael Douglas for his ability to portray morally-flawed characters without losing the essential ethical qualities of a hero. Douglas also has a knack for playing the contemporary, white, middle-to-upper-class American male - angry with women due to real or perceived slights. The theme of male victimization is prominent in many of his films, including “Fatal Attraction,” “The War of the Roses,” “Basic Instinct,” and “Disclosure.”
Douglas is equally adept at playing powerful characters such as Gordon Gekko in the Wall Street franchise, the quintessential yuppie who believes greed is a good thing. In “Romancing the Stone” and “The Jewel of the Nile,” he played an idealistic soldier of fortune.
He Makes a Memorable Guest Appearance
In 2002, Michael Douglas made a guest appearance on the popular sitcom “Will & Grace” as a gay cop who becomes attracted to Will Truman, portrayed by Eric McCormack. The performance was so impressive that Douglas earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Show.
Debra Messing, who plays Grace, was amazed at how easily Douglas embodied his character. Entertainment Weekly even ranked his guest spot as the fourth most memorable appearance on the show. Reviewers and critics were particularly impressed with Douglas, who stole every scene thanks to his brilliant acting and commanding presence on screen.