Actor Michael Douglas used his Emmy Awards acceptance speech as a public plea to prison authorities to let him see his incarcerated son Cameron, because he has been told he won’t be allowed to visit for two years.
The actor took to the stage at the glitzy bash in Los Angeles on Sunday night to pick up the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, for his role as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra.
In his acceptance speech, Douglas mentioned his son, who is currently serving time behind bars on drug offences, saying, “I’m hoping that I’ll be able and they’ll allow me to see him soon.”
Douglas has now explained the remark, revealing his son is in solitary confinement and the actor claims prison authorities have told him he won’t be able to visit for two years.
Speaking in the press room at the ceremony, Douglas told reporters, “Well, my son is in federal prison… And part of their punishments if you happen to have a slip – this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent… they punish you. So for my son’s case, he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement and right now I’m being told that I cannot see him for two years… It’s over a year now and I’m questioning the system. Obviously, at first, I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I’ve reached a point now where I’m very, very disappointed with the system.”
|Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind The Candelabra|
Scott Thorson, Liberace’s ex lover and the subject of the new smash hit HBO original film “Behind The Candelabra”, has found new life in an unusual place: Dennis Hof’s “Bunny Ranch” legal brothel in Carson City, Nevada.
The movie, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, has received rave reviews and early Emmy consideration.
After watching the film’s debut, Bunny Ranch owner and star of HBO’s “Cathouse” series, Dennis Hof was shocked to find that Thorson had been incarcerated in the Reno jail since February, unable to post $125,000 bail. Hof put up the bail for Thorson, arranged for top defense attorney David Houston to represent him, and is even currently housing Thorson at his private residence, adjacent to The Bunny Ranch just outside Reno. While residing there, Thorson will be working as Hof’s personal assistant while getting treatment for colon cancer and undergoing rehabilitation for drug addiction.
|Matt Damon and Michael Douglas star in “Behind The Candelabra.”|
In the new film “Behind the Candelabra,” veteran entertainer Debbie Reynolds has just three major scenes to flesh out one of the most complicated figures in piano-playing showman Liberace’s life: his loving but sometimes manipulative mother Frances.
The Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy-nominated Reynolds didn’t need to do any homework for the part. She knew Frances. Reynolds joined Liberace’s inner circle while both were doing stage shows in Las Vegas.
“I tell the story when Lee called me one night after work,” Reynolds remembered, using Liberace’s nickname. “I was at the Desert Inn, he was at the Hilton, and he said, ‘Debbie, I’ll pick you up after the show, and we’ll take Tom Jones. It’s his birthday.'”
“I have never had a better time than being Liberace’s date,” the 81-year-old Reynolds continued. “We all knew he was homosexual. That was a friend: You know what they love and the people that they love, and what they are.”
“Behind the Candelabra” picks up the story of Liberace, played by Michael Douglas, in the ’70s and focuses on his six-year relationship with the much younger Scott Thorson, portrayed by Matt Damon.
Reynolds, who also knew Thorson, highly praised both of the film’s stars. “They had to immerse themselves: two straight men, to make this come off as loving and real.”
Liberace died from complications of AIDS in 1987 at age 67. He never publicly acknowledged he was gay.
“I don’t want him to be remembered just for being homosexual,” Reynolds explained. “He should be remembered as a great entertainer and loved by so many. And this picture does do that.”
“Behind the Candelabra” premieres on HBO in the U.S. and on HBO Canada Sunday. On the heels of its theatrical world premiere this week in Cannes, the film begins a run in overseas cinemas starting in June.
Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson were among the celebrities who joined forces at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon.
Robert Pattinson, Justin Timberlake, Matt Damon, Halle Berry and thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also turned out at the sombre televised event to lend their support to the campaign, which was launched by late Spider-Man franchise producer Laura Ziskin. She lost her battle against breast cancer in 2011, but was remembered with a special video featuring tributes from film stars Tobey Maguire and Emma Stone.
In the clip, Stone said, “Like every great hero, she had a vision and she set us into motion. And now it’s up to us to continue moving forward to achieve her dream.”
Hollywood icon Douglas, who beat throat cancer last year, urged viewers to donate to help find a cure for the killer illness to save other victims of the disease.
He told the audience, “It picked a fight with the wrong guy!… Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet… I stand tonight because I want to be part of this effort to find an end to cancer. This is possible… Cancer’s in for one hell of a fight.”
Country singer Taylor Swift fought back tears as she debuted a new song called Ronan, inspired by a three-year-old boy named Ronan Thompson, who died of the illness last year. The tune was made available for download after the show, with all proceeds being donated to the cancer charity.
Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw also took to the stage during the telethon, while British rockers Coldplay dedicated their performance of Paradise from their concert in Paris earlier that night to the cause.
Meanwhile, a slew of stars including actress Felicity Huffman, True Blood star Joe Manganiello, comedian Ray Romano, basketball ace Kobe Bryant and gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas manned the phones and chatted with those calling in to pledge donations throughout the night.
Friday’s event was produced by Paltrow, who took over the telethon from her pal Ziskin, and before the show, she opened up about losing her father Bruce to cancer in 2002.
She told reporters: “It’s been almost a decade now and I’m sort of more used to the fact that he’s not here in physical body. But I definitely feel his presence, and I think he would be really happy that I’m here tonight doing this and trying to spare other people from what he went through.”
The amount raised from the telethon was not available as WENN went to press.
Paltrow has also announced plans to take her cancer crusade to London and stage a similar event in October.