He sports facial hair in the next smaller film of his that I really dig. This indie feature is King of California and co-stars the versatile Evan Rachel Wood. It's a kooky, sweet film with those two playing father and daughter. There's a reason for his Conquistador look.
Dad hatches a plan to get the gold underneath Costco and coaxes her to help him.
Will the crazy jazz musician father notice that his devoted young daughter has needs and dreams of her own? Sometimes the people closest to us for a long time see the least. Rent King of California (2007) and find out.
Ben Kalmen, Douglas' character, is a sophisticated New Yorker. But that doesn't mean he's acting with some common sense. He refuses to act his age. He's not paying attention to his health. Financially, he's facing eviction. He strikes up a friendship with a college student. And he's still a sex-hound, chasing babes young enough to be his daughter. In fact, he's got a grown daughter who loans him money.
He has got to start acting his age if he wants to fix his life. He should listen to his wise ex-wife, played by Susan Sarandon.
I hope you like Wonder Boys, King of California and Solitary Man.
I watched Behind the Candelabra on HBO while staying with married friends for a couple of days in New York City. I was in town for an audition. He, she and I were amazed at how good Douglas was as the famed pianist. We felt that, had it been a theatrical release, Behind the Candelabra would've gotten Michael Douglas definite Oscar buzz for his work as Liberace. Good performances from the entire cast, smart direction by Steven Soderbergh and a good script. But Soderbergh said in a radio interview that Hollywood didn't think it would be popular with mainstream heterosexual moviegoers, so it played on cable's HBO. It played on HBO to rave reviews and 15 Emmy nominations. It's a theatrical release overseas -- in Great Britain, Australia, France and Germany.
Although not a theatrical Hollywood release here in the States, Douglas' Behind the Candelabra performance is on a top shelf with his film work in Fatal Attraction, Wall Street, Wonder Boys, King of California and Solitary Man.
Hollywood feels safer releasing a movie like Last Vegas, a Michael Douglas comedy due out this fall. Four senior buddies reunite for a fabulous fling. The occasion? A bachelor party for the Michael Douglas character. They've been friends since they were kids. Now they're in their golden years. What kind of mischief could they possibly get into in Vegas? At their age? Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline co-star.
Will they party like it's 1979? We shall see and, hopefully, laugh.
Last Vegas is rated AARPG-13.