Michael Douglas Sets the Record Straight
April 10, 2006

A newly bearded Michael Douglas is setting the record straight about the recent controversial "GQ" article that has him bashing Brad and Angelina.

In the article, "GQ" quotes the mega movie star as saying, "I don't know about Brad Pitt leaving that beautiful wife to go hold orphans for Angelina. I mean, how long is that going to last?"

Michael denies the statement and says, "This had been unfortunate. It was a lengthy article. It must have been 20 hours of tape recording. So, I asked to hear the tape recording, and the reporter said, 'Well, I turned the tape recorder off.' And I said, 'Well, you had it on for the whole time.' So I didn't say it."

But Michael revealed to "Extra" that he wrote Brad and Angelina an apology anyway.

"I consider him a good friend," Michael said. "She does wonderful work for the United Nations, which is what I'm also involved in."  

And that's not all Michael has been up to. The acting legend is returning to the big screen in his newest film, "The Sentinel." The movie is a political drama about a secret service agent who plots to kill the president.

Michael not only stars in the film, but he also produced it after taking a 3-year hiatus from acting. He told us that he enjoyed his break, but is happy to be back on the screen.  

"I had a lovely new family, new kids, had a wonderful time bonding with my little son and daughter," he said.

Michael's been so busy with his family and new film that he's had little time for much else. When "Extra's" Dayna Devon asked him if he's seen the new sequel to one of his most famous films, "Basic Instinct," he replied, "I haven't. No."

Even though Michael hasn't had time to catch the newest theatrical releases, he found time to convince an all-star cast to jump aboard "The Sentinel." Douglas' co-stars include Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger and Eva Longoria.

"It was really because of Michael Douglas," Kiefer confessed.

Eva joined the cast because, "Michael Douglas called me," she said.

Kim, who plays the first lady, said she knows a thing or two about protection -- especially when it comes to guarding her daughter, Ireland, from nasty tabloid headlines.

"I've said, 'Ireland, you will see this stuff. You will read this stuff. You will hear this stuff at school.' All that has happened. I said in the end, it will be only your truth that matters.'"

See who is protected and who is at risk when Michael, Kim, Kiefer and Eva target theaters in "The Sentinel," April 21.

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