It’s a natural part of life, I guess, but it’s still saddening to hear of actors succumbing to things like cancer.
Michael Douglas came on David Letterman to confirm that he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and was already at Stage 4 (when the cancer has started to spread to other organs).
He had already started the necessary procedures for chemo therapy, and is very optimistic that he’s going to come out on top.
When Dennis Hopper was remembered at the Emmy Awards, it reminded me of the acting greats that are getting to the truthful age where the insides of the body can’t live up to the masks of plastic surgery.
Apparently it’s more common for those aged 50 and up to get throat cancer. Michael Douglas has said that he used to smoke and drink, two factors that increase the chances.
He even voluntarily went into rehab for his drinking habits, but take into consideration that this was in the ‘90s, before going to rehab was like popping into the doctor’s office before going back to work.
Douglas played Wall Street’s money mastermind Gordon Gekko, and is appearing in the sequel with Shia LeBeouf. Think back to the line: “Greed is good.”
The trailer shows a scotch-holding, cigar-smoking Gekko being as charmingly sneaky as he was with Charlie Sheen in the late ‘80s.
A lot of Douglas’ roles relate to political figures and business executives. Unfortunately for the deep, gravelly-voiced actor, those types tend to smoke and drink in excess.
Greed sucks, Michael. I hope it’s menthol in those cigars. And congrats on keeping Zeta-Jones.
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