Published On: Wed, Jul 23rd, 2014

Michael Douglas’s New Role

downloadMichael Douglas is more accustomed to playing dashing leading men and corporate types, so he took a deep breath when offered the role of an ornery widower with a second chance for love in the romantic comedy “And So It Goes.”

The film reunites the Oscar-winning actor with director Rob Reiner, who both worked together on the 1995 movie “American President.” Douglas also stars opposite Diane Keaton for the first time in his career.

“It was one of those stories that you guess you are finally ready for,” Douglas said about the film that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday and produced by Warner Bros’ Castle Rock Entertainment.

“I am going to be 70 in a couple of months,” he added. “You really don’t think you have changed that much but you have.”

Douglas plays Oren Little, a curmudgeon realtor near retirement who still grieves for his dead wife and is estranged from his only son.

Oren’s self-centered world is upended when he is asked to care for a nine-year-old granddaughter he did not know existed.

“You’ve met people like him before,” said Keaton. “They do exist. There are these guys that are just lost souls and angry, angry, angry, and underneath all of that is just a heart of gold.”

For Keaton, 68, the film was an opportunity to work with Douglas and Reiner, who dons a toupee to play a pianist in the film, and the chance to sing.

Denisha Sahadevan

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Michael Douglas’s New Role