Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical, or Comedy
BEST ACTOR ‑ TV SERIES , MUSICAL, OR COMEDY
MICHAEL DOUGLAS ‑ “THE KOMINSKY METHOD”
MICHAEL DOUGLAS: Thank you. Thank you. Danke shcoen. Merci beaucoup. Time arigatou. Hollywood Foreign Press, thank you, guys, so much. For 45 years, you always surprise me and treat me so well. Donald and Bill, Sacha, Jim, I can’t even imagine being in the same group, sitting here and honoring comedy. It’s just great. And the truth be told that I owe all of this to one man out there, Mr. Chuck Lorre. Chuck thinks getting old is funny. Thank you for your exquisite work. Al, I appreciate you so much, Al Higgins. You’ve done a wonderful job. And to my dancing partner, Alan Arkin, you showed me a lot of great, great steps, a lot of new steps. Nancy Travis, Sarah Baker, and wonderful, wonderful cast members, the directors, the crew, my team. My kids let me be away for a few months to do this show: Cameron, Dylan, and Carys. And my extraordinarily wonderful wife, Catherine, who is here with me tonight, I love so much. And I guess this has got to go to my 102‑year‑old father, Kirk, who is ‑‑ Alta Kockers rule. Thank you.
Q. Hi, Michael. On the red carpet Catherine Zeta-Jones is such a supporter of you being in a comedy and your career in general. How much has her love and support meant to you throughout these years?
MR. DOUGLAS: Well, we celebrated our 18th anniversary recently. And besides a genuine love that only continues to grow, I think the fact that we are in the same industry together really helps us understand what’s going on.
Catherine, by the way, has a wonderful new half-hour comedy show called Queen American that is coming out on Facebook. I think she’s doing some very funny stuff. So it was great for her to be here tonight and to share. It is one of those nice things where your partner totally understands what’s going on. And I flash back to her time when she was pregnant with our daughter during Chicago and all the award shows that were going on then.
Q. Hi, Michael. I would like to ask you what it means, this award for you, and how you are feeling tonight?
MR. DOUGLAS: This is pretty special. This was in comedy. When Chuck Lorre sent me this script, I wasn’t thinking about streaming or getting involved, but it was such a good script. And anybody who says, you know, I find getting old funny, I want to drink that Kool-Aid that’s what I want to be involved with.
He’s a wonderful writer, and I love the challenge at this point in my career. I have done some comedies in my life, not necessarily known for them to develop my comic chops. Because I think comedy is much more difficult than drama. We all cherish a funny friend we might have as opposed to all the serious guys we know.
So this meant really a lot to me. Of course, I acknowledged my father in the end because he, more than anybody, says you’re getting an award for being funny, ha.
Q. Congratulations. Speaking of your father, what would you say is one of the greatest lessons you learned from him?
MR. DOUGLAS: Stamina, tenacity. He was out of a school where you give it your best shot. You want to walk away and you’ve done the best thing you can, and then fuck it. So that’s the best advice I got.
Q. I’d like to ask you the importance — congratulations on your Golden Globes. I want to ask you how important it is for you to be with your family and how much it counts in your career with your family and their support?
MR. DOUGLAS: My kids are back East. I think the joy with Katherine and our children at a point in my life and my career had been developed allowed me much more time to enjoy my family. Early on, my life with Cameron, who is 40 this year, was harder. The fact that they all want to be actors, and they are good actors, makes it all the more enjoyable. They understand the whole system, the principles.
And to have my father, Kirk, have three generations, with all three of my kids, all three of the Douglases, as well as my niece Kelsey, a fourth one, there will definitely be another generation of Douglases going on.
I enjoy them a lot, and I really do appreciate the fact of having to do The Kominsky Method meant I had to be out here in California three and a half months and miss some of their school events. I appreciated their understanding.
Q. I am thrilled for you. I have watched your career for so long and admired you. You have gone from television to films and back to television. How is television different today? We are seeing so much of it, if anything else?
MR. DOUGLAS: My career started out with the Streets of San Francisco, and I had a mentor there with Karl Malden. I did 104 hours in four years. Those were the old days where you did 26 hours a season in San Francisco, our location, eight and a half months straight. It was my work ethic that I learned everything.
Made the transition to films. It wasn’t easy. Because for many years television was — you were a television actor and they see you for free. A movie actor, they got to pay a ticket to see you. That was the demarcation line that existed in our American culture as opposed to, say, the British culture where everybody worked out of London.
So streaming has separated — made television much more acceptable to film people. That’s why you see so many film actors go in. Particularly people like myself who did character-driven movies that are hard to come by. In my case, I had two or three or four independent character-driven movies that we care about, would not get paid, there was no marketing budget. I had to schlep around all over only for the movie to be shown for one week before it went to streaming or video.
So that’s why you are seeing in these situations, The Kominsky Method, a half-hour comedy, or it could be 45 minutes, you can say anything you want, no commercials. It is the closest you can get to having a short film.
For me at this point in my career and age, this has been fantastic.