Michael Douglas Breaks Down 10 of His Memorable Roles

  • Variety
Michael Douglas Breaks Down 10 of His Memorable Roles
The China Syndrome” (1979)

“It goes back to ‘The China Syndrome’ when I first became actively involved,” says Douglas of the decades he’s spent working for various nuclear disarmament groups, including the Ploughshares Fund and the United Nations, which, under former secretary-general Kofi Annan, named Douglas a Messenger of Peace. “I didn’t choose the picture because of the [topic], but the homework that I did for it made me understand a lot more about the half-life of plutonium. Three Mile Island happened 12 days after the picture opened.”

Fatal Attraction” (1987)

Adrian Lyne’s erotic thriller starring Douglas and Glenn Close was a box office smash and received six Academy Award nominations. The film also includes some of the most famous sex scenes in modern cinema. “When you’re doing sex in cinema you have to get comic relief or else it gets tawdry,” says Douglas. “Right at the moment it gets uncomfortable for the audience,
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