Kirk Douglas didn’t want son to become actorMay 27th, 2009 - 3:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 27 (ANI): Veteran actor Kirk Douglas had stopped son Michael to pursue a career in acting because he didn’t want him to experience the “rejection” of Hollywood.
The 92-year-old actor said that he was shocked when Michael decided to try out drama as a youngster, because he always wanted to be a lawyer.
When Michael took on his first play, Kirk decided to criticise his performance to divert his attention to law.
“He attended college in Santa Barbara with the intention of being a lawyer. I was very happy. I didn’t want him to deal with the rejection in my field. In his sophomore year he suddenly said to me, ‘Dad, I’m going to be in a play,’” Contactmusic quoted Kirk as writing on his official website.
“I was startled. He never showed any interest in being an actor and I was glad. But I went to see the play at the college. It was a Shakespeare play and he had a very small part. After the play he said, ‘Dad, how was I?’ I answered, ‘Michael, you were terrible.’
“And I thought that would squash any desire he had to become an actor. Which just shows you how wrong I can be,” he added. (ANI)