Michael Douglas Isn’t Ready to Tell Wife Catherine He’s Growing Back His Beard for the ‘Ant-Man’ Sequel

by Ashley Crossan 4:50 PM PST, November 16, 2015
Playing Michael Douglas Isn’t Ready to Tell Wife Catherine He’s Growing Back His Beard for the ‘Ant-Man’ Sequel

Marvel’s wildly successful heist flick, Ant-Man, hasn’t even had its in-home release yet, but the studio is already gearing up for the sequel (that we CAN’T WAIT FOR).

ET spoke with Dr. Hank Pym himself, acclaimed actor Michael Douglas, about his experience on the miniature-sized blockbuster, and why he’s excited for the follow-up, Ant-Man and the Wasp.

“I never really worked on a picture of this magnitude, this size before,” Douglas told ET (pun intended). “When you sit there in the theater, you’re just like the audience for the first time -- your mouth is just open going, ‘Oh my god, look at this!’”

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The 71-year-old Oscar winner, who is known for his more adult roles (i.e. Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction), previously told ET his children were a tremendous influence on choosing the part, and now, he’s noticing his younger fans too. “You get kids going up to you going, ‘Hey! You were in Ant-Man!’” Douglas said with a laugh. “And I go, ‘That’s right! Most of the other pictures, you’re not going to see until you turn 18!’”

Douglas has only worked on two sequels in his nearly 50-year career -- though he is reportedly still in talks for Ant-Man and The Wasp – and the actor openly talked about what he hopes to bring to his character the second time around.

“I hope I can just add a dry sense of humor,” said Douglas, who anticipates giving Paul Rudd’s character even more tough love than in the first movie. “I’m sure there’s going to be a little close relationship with Ant-Man and The Wasp.”

While Douglas seemed more than thrilled about returning for the sequel, there’s one thing he has to do first….tell his wife.

Douglas previously told ET that Catherine Zeta-Jones really disliked the beard he grew out for the movie. So sooner or later, he’s going to have to break the news that the facial hair is, in fact, returning – though he’s planning on holding out for as long as possible.

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“I’m just going to keep it a secret for a while,” said Douglas. “I don’t think they’re shooting until 2017, so maybe another year from now -- around Christmastime 2016 might be a good idea."

The couple is celebrating their 15-year anniversary this week, and Douglas told ET he has a nice date-night planned for he and his wife.

“We’re going to go see a Broadway show, have a little dinner,” said Douglas. “Just the two of us.”

You can get Ant-Man early on Digital 3D, HD and Disney Movies Anywhere Nov. 17 – and on 3D Blu-ray combo pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Dec. 8.