Actor Michael Douglas will find out next month if he has won his fight against throat cancer.
And the 66-year-old Hollywood star said he is already looking forward to his next film role.
Douglas told Hollywood Reporter magazine that he will play the title part in Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace, which is due to begin shooting in May or June.
Doctors have told him there is an 80% cure rate for his cancer – an illness the actor said had brought him closer to his 93-year-old father, Kirk Douglas.
The pair had a strained relationship for many years, but “he really made an effort” after the diagnosis, Douglas said. “He was back here almost 10 days. He came over every day. He was great.”
Douglas said that when he was growing up, his father was angry and often absent. “In those key years, when Kirk was doing five movies a year, if we saw him it was only out of his guilt.”
He also acknowledged that he may have repeated that pattern with his own son, Cameron Douglas, 31, who was recently jailed on drug-related charges.
“I’m sure it’s not easy, either, being a third generation,” Douglas said. “Kirk was all-consumed, was overworked. Probably like myself at a certain time in my life.”
Douglas also reflected on his recent difficulties with ex-wife Diandra Douglas, whose bid to claim half of his earnings from “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” was dismissed in a New York court earlier this month.
He was optimistic about his recovery, and while the disease “certainly has put a little perspective on mortality”, he said it had also “shown me what family is”. He added: “It showed me a love that I never knew really existed.”