(NEW YORK) — Michael Douglas’ latest film role in And So It Goes, as a man with a drug-addicted son who’s sent to prison, hits really close to home: his own son, Cameron, is currently serving a 10-year federal prison sentence in Pennsylvania for drug-related crimes.
“He’s holding up OK,” Douglas said of his son on Wednesday’s Good Morning America.
Michael Douglas has become an advocate for reducing mandatory minimum sentencing for drug-related crimes ever since his son was convicted of dealing drugs, and later found to have tried to sneak more drugs into the prison in 2010.
“Ten years is a long time for a non-violent crime,” Douglas said on ABC’s GMA.
Michael Douglas also said his real-life drama had no impact on his And So It Goes portrayal of a realtor with a similar family life.
“You know, I read the script, and it came up at you, and you kind of have a bittersweet smile and say, ‘You know, and so it goes,'” he explained. “This is life. So no, it didn’t affect me.”
The actor added that the film’s director asked if he wanted to change the script, based on his own life circumstances, but Douglas declined.
And So It Goes opens July 25.
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