Cannes Film Festival 2013: Michael Douglas breaks down in tears about cancer during Behind The Candelabra press conference
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Michael Douglas broke down in tears while talking about his recent bout of throat cancer during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival.
The actor, 68, has won rave reviews for his turn as flamboyant pianist Liberace in the Steven Soderbergh film, Behind The Candelabra, which had its premiere at the French festival today.
He was pictured ahead of the press conference laughing and joking with co-star Matt Damon, who plays Liberace’s young lover Scott Thorson.
But during the press call Douglas was overcome by emotion when he thanked Soderbergh for patiently delaying filming for him while he underwent treatment for throat cancer.
"It was right after my cancer and then this beautiful gift was handed to me and I’m eternally grateful for everyone for waiting for me," Douglas remarked.
As he struggled to regain his composure Douglas was loudly applauded by the audience.
In a recent interview with the New York magazine the actor, who is married to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, said he had beaten throat cancer after two specialists failed to initially diagnose him.
He said that beating the disease had given him a "new rejuvenation" and that "things had been going good for me for a long time" before the disease so his diagnosis three years ago in some way balanced things out.
Douglas has previously won two Oscars and four Golden Globes during his 40-year career. He is probably best known as Gordon Gekko in the Wall Street films.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If I were Prime Minister: I'd give tax cuts to the rich, keep Trident, and get my football team wrong
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
Eurovision 2015: What date is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Game of Thrones, season 5 episode 4, review: Sansa in danger of becoming another footnote in Westeros' bloody history
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
The highly NSFW poster for Gaspar Noé's Love makes Nymphomaniac look like 50 Shades
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show