Michael Douglas On Divorce: Opens Up To Hollywood Reporter Post-Chemo

12/02/2010 05:08 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Ashley Reich Senior Editor of Weddings & Divorce, The Huffington Post

In his first major interview since announcing his cancer diagnosis, Michael Douglas opened up to The Hollywood Reporter (on newsstands now) about his progress, marriage, and family life. He reveals that the illness has brought him closer to his famous father Kirk, whose divorce from Douglas' mother created tension between father and son.

On his parents' divorce:
"There was certainly anger from the friction of [his parents' 1951] divorce. That gets forgiven sooner than parents would like to think; you move on. But you've always got some anger."

On his relationship with his father growing up: "In those key years, when Kirk was doing five movies a year, if we saw him it was only out of his guilt. He certainly had the guilt, because his father had abandoned him and didn't pay any interest. The one thing he wasn't going to do was exactly what he did."

On being sued by his ex-wife for 50% of his earnings from the Wall Street sequel: "I try not to dwell too much on a bad marriage. I learned a saying, 'I wish I got out a little earlier."