Belfast Telegraph

Douglas gets humanitarian award

Michael Douglas has expressed his sympathy to his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon for having to present him with a charity award.

Just days after Michael beat Matt to the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for the drama about Liberace, the Bourne Identity star honoured his friend at a glittering gala in Beverly Hills.

Speaking on the red carpet before he collected the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award at the 2014 Unicef ball, Michael said: "It's feeling like quite a week, it's a plethora of riches.

"My heart goes out to Matt Damon, if I'm not beating him to an award he's having to give me one. I love him, he's great, he's a great humanitarian so to be involved with Jerry Weintraub, our producer of Behind the Candelabra who won this award last year, and with Matt this is an honour and Unicef is a great organisation."

Also on the red carpet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was Sylvester Stallone, Tea Leoni and Masters Of Sex star Michael Sheen, who revealed how moved he was by a recent trip with the charity.

He said: "I've had the privilege to see the work they do directly. In November I was in the Lebanon at the refugee camps for the Syrian refugees coming over and that situation is now the biggest humanitarian operation in history.

"When I got there another 10,000 refugees came over the border and when I got to the camps they were bits of stick with bits of materials pulled across, there is no proper sewerage there, there is just open sewers, open latrines, it's a really bad situation."

The Unicef Ball has raised more than five million dollars for the charity's life saving programmes since its debut in 2005.


From Belfast Telegraph