Michael Douglas is a genius.
Not only because he won his first Oscar, for producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, in his early 30s.
Not because he has managed to have a largely distinguished acting career for decades — winning an Oscar for Wall Street along the way.
Because of his most recent move.
Fresh from a winning depiction of Liberace in an HBO biopic, Behind the Candelabra, Douglas told the Guardian newspaper that oral sex gave him cancer and …
To quote Ellen Foley in Paradise by the Dashboard Light: Stop right there!
That one sentiment alone — which Douglas’ publicist is now throwing cold water on — guarantees Douglas a lifetime membership in the Public Relations Hall of Fame.
Douglas will be widely quoted and re-quoted. He will have staying power, thanks to that line. He will be immortalized in talk radio. He’ll appear on year-end lists of all kinds.
He will stay in our minds for a long time. Reporters will want to interview him about any movie or TV show he appears in simply as a way to ask again about you-know-what.
Was it outrageous? Sure.
Douglas works in an industry where name recognition means everything. Every gimmick is legit. If someone can concoct a way to remain in the public eye, so be it. The Kardashians gets mocked all the time and they are laughing all the way to the bank.
I salute you, Michael Douglas. I’m glad you’re healthy and busy and productive.
You manipulated the media like a maestro. You’re brilliant, too.