Michael Douglas is on the mend from his chemotherapy and radiation treatments for his stage four throat cancer, and is already eyeing his next film role.
The actor, 66, gave a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming projects, and how his cancer experience has changed his perspective on love and family.
Douglas revealed to the industry paper that he's already prepping for the title role in Steven Soderbergh's "Liberace," which will begin shooting in May or June.
"I've got a bunch of tapes of performances," Douglas said. "I'm thinking; I'm a blank slate. Everything shows me he was a lovely man; I just want to reconfirm that."
As for his uphill battle with cancer and the affect it has had on him, the actor says, "I haven't really digested it yet, truth be told. As I looked through the stats, I didn't think of this as life and death; I just saw it as an illness to get over. So I didn't dig into the bottom of my soul to see what I could see."
The actor also acknowledges the year has been rough on him. In addition to his cancer diagnosis, his eldest son Cameron Douglas, 31, was jailed on drug-related charges, and his ex-wife, Diandra Douglas, sued him. She claimed she was owed 50 percent of his earnings from the "Wall Street" sequel because of their divorce agreement in 2000. The case was later dismissed.
"With my health and my son's incarceration, my ex-wife and the lawsuit -- to be able to sit here and talk to you, I'm so happy," he told the publication.
Douglas says that he will learn in January, via a PET scan, if the cancerous tumor in his throat has been eliminated. Doctors have told him there is an 80 percent cure rate. "I've been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support," Douglas says, referring to friends and family. "Cancer has shown me what family is. It showed me a love that I never knew really existed."