Michael Douglas has played several roles involving guns throughout his career. In real life, he is a vocal advocate for stricter gun control laws in the United States. Douglas was distraught by the tragic death of rock legend John Lennon, which occurred just a few blocks from where he was in New York City in 1980. The actor has stayed committed to the cause ever since.
He explained how the tragedy left a profound and lasting impression on him, motivating him to use his platform to push for small-arms control. His unwavering commitment to gun control stems from a genuine concern for the safety and well-being of Americans.
He Stars in a Documentary
Michael Douglas appeared in the 2004 documentary "Tell Them Who You Are," which offered an insightful look into the life and work of acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler. The documentary includes conversations with many other legends from the film industry. These included the likes of Jane Fonda, Julia Roberts, and Paul Newman, to name a few.
Directed by Wexler’s son, Mark Wexler, the film delves into the mind and methods of one of Hollywood's most influential cinematographers. Critics praised the documentary as one of the best made about filmmaking and appreciated its exploration of Wexler's work and the complicated relationship between fathers and sons.
His Enduring Friendship with Danny DeVito
Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito have been close friends for many years and are both successful Hollywood actors and filmmakers. Their friendship dates back to the 1960s when they shared an apartment as young men. DeVito fondly recalls Douglas doing the laundry, while Douglas remembers the "sock on the door" signal for privacy when either of them had female company. They remained friends and collaborated on several projects, including the 1984 hit film “Romancing the Stone,” alongside Kathleen Turner.
The success of the movie propelled Douglas to Hollywood's A-list after several lower-profile roles. DeVito and Douglas reunited for “The Jewel of the Nile” (1985) and the 1989 black comedy, “The War of the Roses,” which DeVito also directed. The actors continue to support each other both on and off-screen.
Joel Douglas, The Man Behind The Camera
Born on January 23, 1947, Joel Andrew Douglas is the second son of Kirk Douglas and Diana Douglas. While his father and older brother pursued careers in acting, Joel charted a different course and focused on producing films. During the 1970s and 1980s, Joel produced several films, many of which revolved around his family. He co-produced two blockbuster hits, “The Jewel of the Nile” and “Romancing the Stone,” which starred his brother, Michael Douglas, and Kathleen Turner.
Joel's work in the film industry has earned him immense acclaim. He is known for his unique perspective on film production. Joel may not have followed in his family's footsteps as an actor, but he is an influential figure in his own right.
He Produces Commercials Too
In addition to producing films, Joel Douglas has worked on various projects in the entertainment industry. He served as an assistant director on the classic film, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” and was an associate producer on the 2003 film “It Runs in the Family.” The film brought the who’s-who of the Douglas family together - Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, and Michael's son, Cameron.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Joel worked as an executive for Blanc Communications Corporation, a media company founded by Mel Blanc and Noel Blanc, where he developed and produced commercials. From classic films to modern blockbusters, Joel has worked on several exciting projects.