Michael Douglas on his 'The Kominsky Method' character in new Netflix comedy
Oscar-winning Douglas, 74, stars as Sandy Kominsky, an acting teacher who navigates situations life throws at him with his best friend, Norman, played by Alan Arkin
Michael Douglas is returning to TV about 40 years after his starring role in 'The Streets of San Francisco'. He will be seen in the forthcoming Netflix comedy 'The Kominsky Method' that premieres November 16 and is created by Chuck Lorre. The Oscar-winning actor stars as Sandy Kominsky, an acting teacher who navigates situations life throws at him with his best friend, Norman, played by Alan Arkin. In an interview with Parade, Douglas, 74, spoke about what attracted him to his character and being a fan of Chuck Lorre, even before he got the script of the series.
Talking about what attracted him to his character, Douglas said he loves comedies and flawed characters. "I’ve always liked flawed characters, somebody who’s good at one thing but not necessarily what he wants to be good at. Sandy never got the career that he had hoped for. He never quite succeeded as the husband he hoped to be. But teaching acting is what gets him up in the morning," the actor said.
"One thing that attracted me was how Chuck is one of the few people that can find humor in getting old. It’s something you can’t do much about and you hear people complain about. To develop a series that, in part, was about the camaraderie and the friendship of two people forever, but also the humor that comes out of the quirks, really attracted me," Douglas added.
When asked about his character, he said: "I’ve never seen an acting coach portrayed this way before. And then also, it’s a career, which you can make a lot of fun of. I think Chuck really wanted to treat acting with a degree of perspective and decorum, which I appreciate, and still have fun with it but not dismiss it."
Following that, he spoke about how his kids grew up watching Lorre's 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men' along with him. "He’s such a great comedic writer. I thought, this is such a great opportunity in the streaming area, where now you have all these wonderful writers that come over from feature films or from television," he said.
"You have all this flexibility with language and everything else, and a show can be 25 minutes long, or it can be 35 minutes long. And the amount of time it takes — a season is approximately the same length as shooting a feature-length film," Douglas added.
'The Kominsky Method' premieres on Netflix on November 16.