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Michael Douglas: Stop with the selfies

Michael Douglas thinks smartphones have made getting privacy even harder.

The Hollywood star is the son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas, 98, so has dealt with the limelight all his life. However, he has noticed one particular phenomenon is making privacy even more difficult to achieve these days.

"Everyone wants selfies!" he exclaimed to "Or they just start snapping without asking. It's pretty annoying when you're sitting with your family and thinking it's a moment of privacy. Then you realise that three tables along, someone's already got their smartphone out. And everything happens so much faster these days. Sometimes you'll be lying on the beach, on holiday, and before you've even towelled yourself off there are photos of you splashing in the sea on the internet. That's just the way it is now."

Michael, 70, is married to 45-year-old actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and together they raise children Carys and Dylan. The star realises it's not easy growing up with a famous parent but has managed to find the bright side and hopes his kids will, too.

"The positive thing about being the son of a famous father is that you learn early on how to cope with fame," he said. "Every time I find myself getting annoyed about not being able to go unrecognised anywhere, I remember that it's now much easier for me to bag a reservation at my favourite restaurant. It has pros and cons."

If anything, Michael is basking in the glow of Hollywood more than ever. With a role as Dr. Hank Pym in summer blockbuster Ant-Man, he's had his hands full travelling the world to promote the flick. But while comic book fans are exhilarated, Michael wasn't even sure who his character was.

"Oh no, I'm not a fan at all - not even as a child," he confessed. "When I got the role, I had no idea who this Dr. Hank Pym was."

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