SiS News - June 2009 - Amigos del español: Michael Douglas

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Amigos del español

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas

Considered Hollywood royalty, the 63-year-old native of New Jersey and son of the legendary Kirk Douglas, has won two Oscars – one as producer for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and another for best actor in “Wall Street.” Douglas and his family – including his wife, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones – divide their time between Hollywood, New York, Bermuda and Majorca.

Do you read in Spanish?

Unfortunately I have pub-level Spanish. I can read but it’s slow going. It helps me that I speak French.

Do you have a favorite book?

Don Quixote, but not in Spanish. I read Cervantes at the institute. It was mandatory reading. I like it because it’s a great story. And of course for the musical “Man of La Mancha,” even though it’s not the same.

Why did you learn Spanish?

I’ve been going to Majorca for 25 years and I feel close to its culture, to its life. The food is spectacular. But I have to practice more because I get lost when I’m surrounded by Majorcans.

Do you read in Spanish to your children?

First Catherine and I are going to study Spanish again.

How important is it to read?

It’s very important but I’m not a good example since I have to suffer through reading too many bad scripts and then I only have time to read magazines and articles. I don’t have much time for books. But I do read the news in Spanish.


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