Protective father Michael Douglas
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 May 2009
Michael Douglas has joked he only underwent knee surgery so is fit enough to chase off his six-year-old daughter's future admirers
Michael Douglas had knee surgery so he can chase away his daughter's future boyfriends.
The 'Fatal Attraction' star - who has two children, Dylan, eight, and six-year-old Carys with wife Catherine Zeta Jones - underwent an operation last month to replace his knee joint after damaging it while skiing.
However, the 64-year-old actor jokes the main reason for the surgery was to make sure he's fit enough to play the role of the protective father once Carys is old enough to start dating.
He said: "I just had a knee replacement and my six-year-old daughter keeps teasing me, 'Daddy, can you run yet? Can you catch me yet?'
"I said, 'No. The only reason I did this operation was so I can catch you and chase those guys away when you're a teenager.' "
Following his operation, Michael revealed his 39-year-old wife had been helping him to recover.
He said: "She turned out to be fantastic, it's like a test to see how good your wife is, but she's been fantastic. But I couldn't get her into the nurse's outfit!"