Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Douglas: Why I lied about my cancer

Michael Douglas recently won an Emmy for his role as Liberace

Michael Douglas has told how he felt compelled to lie about what form of cancer he had - and described how he went "numb" when he was diagnosed with the disease.

The Behind The Candelabra actor described his shock at being given the news in an interview with fellow Hollywood star Samuel L Jackson on ITV's This Morning.

Speaking as part of Male Cancer Awareness Week, he said: "I had an inkling... particularly when I saw the look on his (the doctor's) face. It kind of all rushes over you, you get a little numb... very numb."

Michael, who separated from wife Catherine Zeta Jones over the summer but is now rumoured to have moved back in with her, also said on Thursday's show that he lied about what form of cancer he had.

"I had to go on a big tour for Wall Street so we kinda said there's no way we can cancel the tour and say we don't feel well.... I said you just gotta come out and just tell them I've got cancer and that's that.

"But, the surgeon said 'let's just say it's throat cancer.' I said 'OK, you don't want to say it's tongue cancer?', I said 'why's that?' and he said 'well, if you really wanna know why, if we do have to have surgery it's not gonna be pretty. You'll lose part of your jaw and your tongue and all of that stuff'. So I said, 'OK sure.'"

Samuel, who is fronting new campaign One For The Boys, urged men to open up about health problems in an attempt to tackle cancer.

"We'll talk about our injuries, but we won't talk about our illnesses, so I think it's time we do that," he said.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Libra:

You can communicate effectively about controversial topics like religion, politics and education. When you talk, people listen. Take this opportunity to lobby for changes to an outmoded institution. Making resources more readily available to the public will be a great use of your time. You're tired of seeing only the most privileged members of the community thrive. Promoting a more democratic approach will cause your stature to rise. Don't be surprised if a group asks you to run for office.More