Michael Douglas looks forward to next role

LOS ANGELES The 66-year-old actor told the Hollywood Reporter that he will play the title part in Steven Soderbergh's "Liberace," which is set to begin shooting in May or June.

Doctors have told Douglas there is an 80-percent cure rate for his /*cancer*/, and that he will learn in January if his ailment has been eliminated.

Douglas said the cancer has brought him closer to his father, Kirk Douglas, with whom he had a strained relationship with in the past. He also said his tense relationship with his father may have affected his relationship with his own son, Cameron Douglas, who was recently jailed on drug-related charges.

In the interview, he remains optimistic about his recovery and said while the disease shook his perspective on mortality, it showed him important lessons about family and love.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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