HOLLYWOOD — Although Kirk Douglas couldn’t attend Thursday’s premiere due to recent knee surgery, his presence was strongly felt as HBO’s documentary “A Father … A Son … Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” took insiders into the inner sanctum of the Douglas clan.
The Lee Grant-directed film covers seven decades of Douglases in Hollywood, including their work and marriages. It doesn’t back away from Kirk’s rage both on- and offscreen, or from Michael Douglas‘ early panic attacks before performing onstage.
Father and son reminisce onscreen about “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Kirk owned the rights but producer Michael decided to cast Jack Nicholson instead of Dad.
But that was 30 years ago. So no hard feelings?
“We still haven’t worked that out,” said Michael, laughing.