He has a new book of poetry out, some that he wrote and some poems that he loves, and the title is Life Could Be Verse. It will be fantastic. As an actor, Douglas has cornered the market in bad guys, effortlessly making on-screen evil both believable and unbelievably attractive. His latest devilish creation emerges in Beyond The Reach, an independent cat-and-mouse thriller. Produced by and starring Douglas, he plays an unhinged corporate shark pursuing a shirtless British actor Jeremy Irvine across the Mojave desert in a tooled-up six-wheeled Mercedes.
Squinting unforgivingly throughout while deftly delivering drop-dead one-liners, Douglas is in his element. Also due for release next month is the superhero live-action movie Ant-Man, based on the Marvel comic, in which Douglas portrays Dr Hank Pym, a scientist who has invented a substance that allows humans to change in size. It promises to be shape-shifting fun. Douglas bares scant resemblance to the blonde American swimwear model. Would he ever own a handgun?
And it was certainly a part of my growing up with cowboys and Indians and holsters and guns. Then it even got good. My weight was way down and they knew that from looking at me. I was very touched. It also featured several physically intimate scenes with Matt Damon which, as straight men but consummate professionals, neither actor found especially taxing.
Has Douglas, I enquire, ever had a gay experience in real life? He nods, peering inscrutably into the middle distance. Was Douglas happy with his portrayal of Liberace? It feels like a rebirth after you go through cancer and you come out of it.
You have a much deeper appreciation of marriage, of your children — you see everything a little bit clearer, and a little brighter. A telling flash of pain flickers across his features.
But he quietly confirms that the couple are together again and singing, as the Welsh like to do, from the same hymn sheet. Had age discrimination started to affect her as she went up for roles? And Douglas is uncharacteristically gushing in his praise for their emerging talents.
And he and I are both scuba divers, we just came back from Costa Rica. Jailed for five years in on methamphetamine and cocaine dealing charges, he has had a traumatic time inside. He may not be released till I was a huge fan so I went over and talked to him a little then went off to the awards. And I won, for Wall Street.
Me and me mate have just got back and we wondered if we could come over and say hello? And he has with him the biggest dog I have ever seen in my life, a huge beast. Kirk weightlifts his sons Joel left and Michael in It will be fantastic,' he said of the year-old Hollywood giant He lived the tie-dye dream in a commune known as Banana Road in Santa Barbara, where he grew his hair, rode a motorcycle and let his love flow like a mountain stream.
I was still going to school, barely, but I was keeping out of Vietnam. There have been a few good movies in each decade. Not too many clunkers. That was just the dream of all dreams. We did a lot of crazy things: