Michael Douglas opened up to ET about beating cancer and how his latest movie Ant-Man represents a new chapter in his life.
"I look at this generally as my third act," Douglas told ET. "I am also happy. I am cancer-free now, so you have a new appreciation and I think the combination of Behind the Candelabra and Liberace and now Ant-Man sort of opens my resume and my range of parts to play."
Douglas, 70, has been cancer-free since January 2011 after being diagnosed with stage four throat cancer in 2010.
Sadly, his mother Diana lost her battle with cancer on July 4 at the age of 92. The two-time Oscar winner was at the London premiere of Marvel's Ant-Man just days later, holding his family close. He told us that they had a tremendous influence on his decision to take on the role.
"My kids just loved the idea," Douglas said. "They were just enthused by the idea. My kid advised me and said, 'Dad, this is a whole new audience for you. Just remember that.'"
Douglas plays Dr. Hank Pym, mentor to con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), in Ant-Man, opening July 17.