Michael Douglas Says He Lied About His Cancer
Douglas says he lied about having throat cancer before going on a movie tour, when what he had was tongue cancer.
“This was right before I had to go on a big tour for [Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps], so we kind of said there’s no way we can cancel the tour and say we don’t feel well. … You’ve got to tell them,” the Emmy-winning actor told Jackson on the daytime show. “I said, ‘You’ve just got to come out and just tell them I’ve got cancer and that’s that.’ “
Douglas continued: “But the surgeon said, ‘Let’s just say it’s throat cancer.’ I said ‘OK, you don’t want to say it’s tongue cancer?’ I said ‘Why’s that?’ and he said, ‘Well, if you really want to know why, if we do have to have surgery it’s not going to be pretty. You’ll lose part of you jaw and your tongue and all of that stuff.’ So I said, ‘OK sure.’ “