Michael Douglas prefers playing villains

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 September 2014
Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas has confessed he much prefers playing villainous roles as they're more fun and claims being a "nice guy" is much harder

Michael Douglas insists it's much more fun to play villains.

The 69-year-old actor has had a varied career but admits he much prefers taking on the role of a villain and even claimed being an unlikeable character is more likely to see you win an award.

Quizzed on whether it's more fun to play the villain, he said: "Oh yeah. Much more fun. You get to be bad. B-b-b-b-b-b-bad to the bone.

"My father ['The Bad and the Beautiful' actor Kirk Douglas] was the sensitive young man for seven pictures until The Champion. He played a prick and was nominated for an Oscar. Most everyone's careers, their biggest successes have been through playing villains."

However, the Hollywood legend - who is currently starring in 'The Reach' - went on to admit that while he thinks actors receive more accolades for villain roles, it's much harder to play a "nice guy".

He told The Guardian newspaper: "Nice guys are more and more difficult to play in terms of getting the edges. I enjoy the challenge of winning an audience over.

"The audience hate you at the beginning of the picture, and by the end they're going, 'Wellllll. He's not so bad."

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