Michael Douglas Finally Retiring From Acting?

By Britta DeVore | Published

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During a press tour for his upcoming Apple TV+ series, Franklin, Michael Douglas spilled the tea that since the project wrapped filming in 2022, he hasn’t been back on a Hollywood set. Though it wasn’t an official announcement, could this piece of information be pointing to the idea that the actor may be retiring from acting? We sure hope not as Douglas is a cherished member of the entertainment industry and, judging by his comments in the same interview about President Joe Biden, he sees age as just a number and plans to stay busy well into the next decade. 

Michael Douglas Really Wants To Retire From Marvel

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While he may not be ready to hang up his hat as an actor entirely, there is one job Michael Douglas is more than ready to be done with – his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Douglas has been a part of the comic-book-turned-film franchise since 2015’s Ant-Man, playing the role of Hank Pym, a scientist and the original Ant-Man. Since then, he’s appeared in the entire Ant-Man trilogy but has long been hoping that his character would be killed off.

He Didn’t Get His Epic Death Scene

His first comments surrounding his character’s assisted death came last year around the premiere of the third film in the trilogy, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. At that time, Michael Douglas said the only way he’d be back for another film is if they promised to give his character the axe. Recently, he clarified his original quote, explaining that he had actually wanted the third movie to be Hank’s wondrous goodbye, with his death being as big, heroic, and explosive as possible.

Douglas Backs President Joe Biden

For the interview, the actor, 79, shifted his focus from promoting his upcoming project to backing President Joe Biden on his second term run later this year. While the actor admits that after a certain age, everyone will inevitably “have an issue of memories,” sources close to both him and the President have revealed that he’s “sharp as a tack” and more than up to the task of being the leader of the United States. Not one to shy away from his political views, Michael Douglas went on to further align himself with the Democrat’s second dash for the White House which will, of course, happen this coming November.

Playing Benjamin Franklin In Apple’s New Drama

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Things may have taken a political turn during his chat as Michael Douglas’ role in Franklin sees him starring as the titular Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. The biographical drama serves as an adaptation of Stacy Schiff’s book, A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, and is set to follow the world-changing eight years that Franklin spent in France in hopes of creating an alliance with King Louis XVI that would see France support the United States against England in the Revolutionary War.

Since its debut on the streamer earlier this month, Franklin has met mixed reviews with most critics having positive things to say about Michael Douglas’ depiction of Benjamin Franklin. Joining the Academy Award winner in his latest miniseries are names including Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Daniel Mays (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). 

Hoping Michael Douglas Chooses To Stay

Because of both the audience and critical reception to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, we can’t imagine that Michael Douglas will need to return for a fourth movie anytime soon. That being said, we hope he continues chugging away and making other movies and TV shows well into his 80s.

Source: CNN