A few days ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Michael Douglas for his new cat-and-mouse thriller The Reach. Directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti (Carré Blanc), the film features Douglas as wealthy businessman determined to kill big game in the Mojave Desert. To help accomplish his goal, he hires a local guide (played by Jeremy Irvine), but after a tragic accident they quickly become adversaries, and the rest of the film is about which person will survive.
As a huge fan of Michael Douglas for my entire life, it was fantastic getting to talk with him for the first time. While I definitely thought about discussing Ant-Man and a few other future projects, I decided to use my limited time to discuss his past work. Specifically, why he never directed any feature films after helping one episode of The Streets of San Francisco. In addition, he also talked about how he got into producing, leaving a very successful television career to make movies, future plans for his literary company, David Fincher’s The Game, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- 0:40 – Douglas talks about his brief stint directing a television show and why he chose to stick with acting and producing instead.
- 1:40 – Talks about leaving his successful TV show in order to produce One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
- 4:00 – Comments on his acting career transition from television to movies.
- 4:45 – Reveals essential traits of the best directors he’s worked with.
- 6:55 – Talks about his work in The Reach, why he chose to get involved, and the film’s source material.
- 9:15 – Comments on his literary company, the story rights they own, and his plans for some of them, like Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”
- 10:45 – Closes out with a comment on The Game.