You need somewhere with a bit of glamour. A Travel Tavern it is not. Mr Douglas joins your hard-working correspondent in a sort of luxury tent that opens onto an impossibly picturesque view of the bay. Yachts the size of frigates literally, for all I know jostle for space in a sea the colour of lapis lazuli. Douglas looks every one of his 69 years. Recently recovered from throat cancer, he sports deep wrinkles set in worried skin that emphasises the absurd whiteness of his immaculate Chiclet teeth.
O n the cliffs outside Cannes sits a row of green cabanas , a resting place for the millionaire guests at a five-star resort. The cabanas are open-fronted, rickety, at the mercy of the elements. Michael Douglas has his hair in his face, and the collar of his jacket has turned inside-out. He is clutching at the table like Captain Ahab at the rail of his ship. It is a wonder he hasn't already been blown out to sea. Tributes were polished and obituaries prepared. That he is even here in Cannes is cause for celebration.
What better way to celebrate beating cancer than donning sequins and snogging Matt Damon? Michael Douglas tells Andrew Dickens about his sensational screen transformation. Michael Douglas is wearing a filthy look. We are sitting on a small terrace, yards from an unbelievably picturesque cove in the grounds of a very swanky Antibes hotel.
Michael Douglas might be a straight, married man in Hollywood, but he got a glimpse at life as a famous, closeted gay star while playing Liberace in the HBO biopic, "Behind the Candelabra. Although times have changed since Liberace's day, Douglas knows some celebrities continue to stay closeted in order to "protect" their careers. Douglas certainly knows a bit about the business side of things, which affected his Liberace biopic when it came to buyers.