While actor Michael Douglas has not been reticent about discussing his battle with cancer, even to the point of blaming it on the HPV virus contracted from having oral sex, he has not been very truthful.
According to a very candid interview with Britain’s ITV special correspondent Samuel L. Jackson, Douglas finally admitted that he lied about having throat cancer, stating it was actually cancer of the tongue instead.
"This was right before I had to go on a big tour for 'Wall Street,' so we kind of said, 'There's no way we can cancel the tour and say we don't feel well … You've gotta tell them,'" stated the 69-year old actor. "So, you know, I said, 'You've just got to 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 want to know why, if we do have to have surgery it's not going to be pretty. You lose part of your jaw and your tongue and all of that stuff.' So I said, 'OK, sure. I'm with you.'"
Douglas also admitted how scared he was when he got his prognosis, especially when they told him it was stage 4 cancer, as well as the effect the disease and all the tabloid reports about his battle, as well as his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones’s struggles with bipolar disorder have been on their two young children, Dylan 13 and Carys 10.
"We sat down with our kids and I said to them, 'I want you to know, there might some stories coming out about your mommy and I,' and my 13-year-old said, 'You mean the one that said you had three months to live?' And I said, 'Yeah, like that one Dylan.'"
Michael Douglas was born on September 25, 1944, in New Brunswick, NJ, the oldest child of actor Kirk Douglas and Bermudian-born actress Diana Love Dill. His father’s parents were Jewish immigrants from Gomelm Russia (now part of Belarus), while his mother’s, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill, served as Attorney General of Bermuda, as a Member of the Parliament of Bermuda (MCP), and as commanding officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery. He also has a 35-year old son Cameron, now serving jail time on drug charges by his first wife Diandra Luker, whom he divorced in 2000.