Michael Douglas Admits His Failures as a Father

Michael Douglas

updated 01/21/2010 AT 2:05 PM ET

originally published 01/21/2010 AT 2:20 PM ET

With his son, Cameron, in federal prison after his July 28 arrest on felony charges of dealing drugs, Michael Douglas says he was “no angel” as a father.

“I’ll assume whatever responsibilities I have to,” the leading man, 65, tells AARP The Magazine for its March/April cover story. “Would it have been better to have been around more? Absolutely. There were absences, and I was no angel.”

Douglas said his troubled, 31-year-old son – who faces a potential life sentence on charges of dealing crystal meth – also is taking responsibility for his choices.

“Cameron has a lot of life ahead,” said Douglas, who reprises his Oscar-winning role as corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, opening April 23. “He now recognizes his own demons and struggles.”

And though Douglas says his son is a “tough kid,” he still expressed concern for Cameron’s welfare: “He’s in a federal prison, and you’ve got some big, bad boys down there.”

Espouses Viagra

On a lighter note, Douglas shared other intimate details of his life, including his relationship with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40, who “God bless her likes older guys”, and how male enhancement drugs Viagra and Cialis are “wonderful enhancements.”

Douglas also says he is able to give greater attention to his children with Zeta-Jones – daughter Carys, 6, and son Dylan Michael, 9 – than he could to Cameron. “I’m not so concerned about my career,” he said. “I see the confidence my kids have got versus the struggle for confidence that I had or that Cameron might have dealt with.”

Still, he’s admittedly fearful of being a septuagenarian when his daughter hits her Sweet 16, saying: “I’m not going to be able to physically chase the boys away.”


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