Honoree Michael Douglas attends the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting MPTF at Milk Studios in Hollywood.
Forget Wall Street — Michael Douglas never sleeps.
The 71-year-old movie star, whose trials and tribulations have included a highly publicized bout with tongue cancer, tells Confidenti@l that he has no plans to quit working.
“I think if you are blessed and fortunate enough to have something that you really love to do and you really like — to me it’s producing and acting — I will keep going as long as there is a need for us,” he told Confidenti@l at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s 5th Annual Reel Stories premiere in Los Angeles.
Douglas, who attended the event with fellow New Jersey native Danny DeVito, can thank genetics for his defiant spirit.
“I am staying with my father, Kirk, and he is 99 and he is working on his latest book,” Douglas said. “He was taking a nap this afternoon, and I talked to him just before he came here and woke up and he was remorsing, ‘I have just been really lazy lately.'”
Douglas assured his dad that there was no harm in taking a nap at his age.
“I said, ‘Dad you are gonna’ be a hundred in December, You have the right to be lazy,'” he said.
Though Douglas continues to act and produce, fans shouldn’t expect a “You, Me and Dupree” sequel anytime soon.
“I’m in my 70s so you are more aware of the choices you make in life,” he said. “Rather than going along impulsively in life, you make strategic decisions as to how you want to spend your time — your personal life, career, how things are important to you.”
Douglas’ pal and occasional co-star DeVito echoed those thoughts.
“Do I think about stopping? Why, no,” said DeVito, who worked with Douglas on films including “The War of the Roses” and “Romancing the Stone.” DeVito added, “If you hit a wall, you hit a wall…. So just keep going.”