Greetings, film buffs and prefilm puffsters, Michael Douglas is in the news a lot lately for fighting throat cancer, as well as dusting off the character of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s sequel to Wall Street.
You have to hand it to Michael Douglas; his father is a tough act to follow. A Hollywood Icon is hard to beat but Michael did show that he has what it takes to be a Douglas. I started watching him in 1972, in the TV series The Streets of San Francisco. It was a good show, he and Karl Malden, amoungst all the hippies and street people and great shots of the city. His character, Steve Keller, was always nice to the hippies, especially hippie chicks.
He showed his chops from Romancing the Stone, A Chorus Line, Falling Down, Wall Street and through all the great films he made along the way, Wonderboys especially. He played against character as our friend and substance-abusing literature professor, Grady Tripp, who drives a stolen car with a dead dog in the trunk who eventually goes straight in the end. We forgive him the going straight part. The rest of the movie is a gas, a cult classic.
Bob Dylan has a few songs on the soundtrack but won an Oscar for Best Song with the tune Things Have Changed. I like to see the Oscar. Bob takes it on tour with him and puts it on stage behind his keyboard. I have see several shows where Dylan’s Oscar had it own spotlight, like each of the band members. It makes me laugh to see him showing off his Oscar like that.
Wonderboys is not what I wanted to discuss, but Michael Douglas. So, I already liked him and enjoyed his work for years but I was very surprised one late night, when he appeared with Craig Ferguson and chided him for not being behind pro-marijuana legislation. Douglas feels very strongly about the issue and has been active in pushing reform.
“America’s corrupt history seems destined to repeat itself until his countrymen can smoke freely, recalling the violence incited by Prohibition, ” he says.
“I’m questioning it. We’re trying to get a lot of money for health and education and I’m wondering… you look at these gangs, and I look back at Prohibition. When we didn’t allow alcohol, what did we have? We had gangs. We had big gangs. It’s something that needs to be discussed a little more. It’s an economic issue and a violence issue,” the actor added.
The quotes were lifted from contactmusic, btw.
So, it is Sunday and it is a good day to sit back and maybe watch Wonderboys and maybe even follow it up with The Big Lebowski.
What else is there to do?