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By Marc Eliot

A groundbreaking portrait of 1 of Hollywood’s such a lot winning stars, from severely acclaimed  and bestselling biographer Marc Eliot
via selection, inventiveness, and air of mystery, Michael Douglas emerged from the lengthy shadow forged by means of his movie-legend father, Kirk Douglas, to develop into his personal guy and one of many movie industry’s such a lot formi­dable avid gamers.
Overcoming the curse of failure that haunts the little children of Hollywood celebrities, Michael grew to become a sensation whilst he effectively introduced One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring his good friend Jack Nicholson, to the reveal after quite a few setbacks, together with his father’s personal failed makes an attempt to make it occur. This 1975 box-office phenomenon gained Michael his first Oscar (the movie gained 5 overall, together with top Picture), an award Kirk hadn’t gained on the time, and solidified the turbulent, aggressive father-son courting that will form Michael’s profession and private life.
within the a long time that undefined, Michael verified a name for taking percentages on new expertise and proj­ects through generating and starring within the highly profitable Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile movies, whereas cultivating a multifaceted appearing persona—edgy, rebel­lious, and a bit dark—in such motion pictures as Wall highway, deadly allure, simple intuition, and Disclosure.
but as his profession thrived, Michael’s own lifestyles floundered, with an unsatisfied and tumultuous first mar­riage, rumors of infidelity (especially with top girls corresponding to Kathleen Turner), and a headline-grabbing stint in rehab. Rocked through a sequence of tragedies, together with Kirk’s strokes, his son Cameron’s incarceration, and his personal struggle opposed to throat melanoma, Michael has emerged trium­phant, fit, and satisfied in his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones, a Welsh actress twenty-five years his junior, and their new younger family.

In Michael Douglas, Marc Eliot brings into sharp fo­cus this impressive profession, advanced own lifestyles, and mythical Hollywood relations. Eliot’s attention-grabbing portrait of the lows and memorable highs in Michael’s life—in­cluding the thorny but influential dating together with his father—breaks limitations in knowing the existence and paintings of a real American movie megastar.

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W]e arrange workplaces in great, the place filming was once to finish up the subsequent July. ” to address the tough actual construction he introduced over fifty best technicians and directors employed by way of his new creation corporation created specially for the movie, the Stone crew. whilst Michael arrived in Morocco, new creation difficulties arose. In April, in the course of the first few days of tangible taking pictures, he felt a distinct loss of chemistry among Kathleen and himself (she had come aboard on the final minute). even supposing offscreen they have been nonetheless sexually concerned, he wasn’t incorrect. At one aspect, unsatisfied with the best way issues have been going, she threatened to drag out of the filming. With Fox backing him, Michael countered with a danger to sue for $25 million for breach of agreement. Kathleen then had an abrupt swap of center and agreed to stick if the script may one way or the other be more desirable. In an try and cool her out, Michael did to Kathleen what Attenborough had performed to him: he used flattery. He turned publicly effusive approximately her skill to paintings below super tough stipulations. “I take my hat off to Kathleen,” he stated later. “There was once many a time within which we might be doing a scene and suddenly a person might say, ‘Excuse me one moment, the teamsters are approximately to strike,’ and I’d need to cross. She was once consistently amazing approximately that. She may well come back into it. ” The locals that crammed out the staff operated on a special time clock than these Michael had imported from Hollywood. they didn't have the dedication or the services that Michael demanded, leading to a normal slowdown of creation. after which there has been Ramadan, a month-long non secular vacation in which Muslims don't consume, drink, smoke, and do as little paintings as attainable in the course of the daytime. That intended that paintings at the movie may possibly in basic terms occur at evening. (Michael fired the 2 construction managers who had now not figured this into the time table. ) The grand finale of Jewel needed to be filmed accurately at twilight, and a high-quality week of motion scenes needed to be shot through the day, within the blistering wasteland urban of Ouarzazate. Michael needed to pull a Houdini to get it all performed. One evening, a scene used to be scheduled to be shot within the city sq., with 1000s of extras milling underneath parapets hung with black-and-gold banners emblazoned with a falcon, the dictator Omar’s image. It took hours to get the shot organize, and in simple terms then did an individual observe there has been no movie within the cameras. The uncooked inventory couldn't be stumbled on, and the shot was once misplaced. “I can’t fucking think it,” Michael shouted to nobody, and despatched all people domestic. Joel quietly advised lightening the stress via throwing an important get together. Michael didn't smile, and everybody shut adequate to listen to what he informed Joel approximately his proposal grew to become their heads away, pretending to not have heard whatever. it slow later Michael obtained a decision asserting the movie inventory were came across, however it used to be too overdue to reassemble all people and shoot the scene. It needed to be rescheduled. It obtained worse. place scouts and a pilot have been killed in a hurricane whereas scouting new areas to shoot.

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