The Appeal of Movies Featuring Fictional U.S. Presidents: Douglas laughed as he pointed out hes been demoted with this movie. I went from President to drug czar and now a lowly Secret Service agent. Not even head of my detail As for why audiences are still fascinated by films involving American politics and the President, Douglas said, Power. I think ultimate power seems to be the interest playing on that field.
I mean its wild. Id like to think that all of my pictures kind of have something to do with whats going on in the world and current events. We started this one its going to be five years ago when we first optioned the book. I get a kick out of seeing whats going on, the leaks coming out of Washington, homicide detectives working for the mob being hit men and all of that. Its kind of wild out there.
Playing Flawed Characters is Attractive to Michael Douglas: I always like those flawed characters that dig themselves a big hole. And, if we properly put the credibility - make the story solid and proper then, and believable - then audiences seem to enjoy watching how you get out of it. I think its pretty unpredictable about who did it and where its going to go, which always helps with these things. Theres nothing worse than always knowing.
Is There Another Erotic Thriller in Michael Douglas Future?: After joking that his a** is dragging Douglas said, I think, I mean weve seen what happened with Basic Instinct, this last one. We did Basic Instinct about 14 years ago and we did it really well. It was a good part, a great part for Sharon [Stone], but I was in the picture and Paul Verhoeven was directing it and sometimes people forget, when theres a really good showy part, what else it needs for it to be a really good movie - and it was a good movie. She shined in it but it was a really good movie.
Ironically and taking nothing away from Sharon, because it was her kind of break-out picture and she was wonderful in it but we were trying, because it was a great part, trying to get a star. Kim Basinger was the actress that we went to in the original. She did 9 ½ Weeks and so didnt want to get type[cast].
Douglas continued. I think its increasingly difficult on film to do sexual type movies because of what exists on the Internet, what exists on cable television now, what exists on even Eva [Longorias] show on regular network Desperate Housewives. The broadcasting standards have changed and theres much more titillation involved in, in that area. So I think that makes a big difference.
On Playing the Romantic Leading Man: Audiences still enjoy seeing Michael Douglas as the romantic lead and Douglas hasnt suffered from a lack of actresses willing to play opposite him in love stories. I make my fellow actors comfortable, explained Douglas. I think thats part of my producing background is Im not threatened by a good performance by somebody else. I welcome it. I encourage it.
As far as these types of movies, whether it was Glenn Close or Sharon or Jeanne Tripplehorn or Demi Moore, they felt comfortable and with Kim [Basinger] in our brief scene, which we would have liked to have extended if it were that kind of movie. But as long as theyre comfortable. You know they know that youre looking out for them. You rehearse it and you tell them what youre doing or what youre planning on doing so its not whats that, you know? Whats going on? They know that Im going to touch here or this. Is it okay? and then youre kind of like running a dance step; one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four and then you pick it up.