'The Kominsky Method': Michael Douglas says the show is a tragicomedy because it deals with death and aging

The Oscar-winning actor stars as Sandy Kominsky, an acting teacher who battles situations that life throws at him


                            'The Kominsky Method': Michael Douglas says the show is a tragicomedy because it deals with death and aging

Michael Douglas is coming back to TV after 40 years. He will be seen next in the forthcoming Netflix comedy 'The Kominsky Method' that is all set to premiere on Saturday. 'The Kominsky Method' is created by Chuck Lorre. The Oscar-winning actor stars as Sandy Kominsky, an acting teacher who battles situations that life throws at him along with his best friend, Norman, played by Alan Arkin from 'Little Miss Sunshine'. 

In a recent interview with TV Guide Magazine, the 74-year-old star talks about returning to TV after such a long break. Starting off by revealing why he chose 'The Kominsky Method' after his last starring role in ABC’s 'The Streets of San Francisco' in 1970, he says, "It’s difficult to get the character-driven films that I prefer produced these days. Plus, I’ve been a big fan of Chuck Lorre’s since 'Dharma & Greg' and 'Two and a Half Men'. He’s a hell of a writer. But I wasn’t thinking about TV at all until I got sent this script. It turned out to be a great experience."

Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin and Chuck Lorre attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Kominsky Method ' at AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)
Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin and Chuck Lorre attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Kominsky Method ' at AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)

Describing his character Sandy Kominsky, Douglas says, "Sandy has failed at three marriages, and he wasn’t as successful an actor as he hoped, but he found security as an acting teacher — and he’s a good one. His best days as an actor are past, but he still has an allegiance to Norman [Arkin], his agent of 40 years."

Following that, talking about his first time experience of working with Arkin who plays Norman his best friend he reveals, "He got tired of me repeating lines from [Arkin’s 1966 film] 'The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!' [Laughs]," he said continuing by saying that it was great casting. 

In the series, Kominsky falls for his student Lisa who is played by Nancy Travis, from 'The Last Man Standing'. Talking about his romantic relationship with her, he says, "When he’s teaching and working with these young kids, there’s a superficial level with many of them that drive him nuts. Finally, he has Lisa, an adult in his class who has the insight that only can come with age and who’s also very attractive. Nancy was a joy to work with."

Nancy Travis and Michael Douglas attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Kominsky Method ' at AFI Fest at The Roosevelt Hotel on November 10, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)
Nancy Travis and Michael Douglas attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Kominsky Method ' at AFI Fest at The Roosevelt Hotel on November 10, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)

Most of Chuck Lorre's shows are always filled with fun and laughter, but 'The Kominsky Method' also deals with aging and death. Talking about these heavy issues, Douglas calls the series a tragicomedy saying, "It is very difficult to write and perform, but it is an exciting challenge for me."