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Michael Douglas looks strong, talks throat cancer on “Letterman”

By Sean O’Connell Michael Douglas appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night, and though he was there to drum up support for his return as Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel, the actor also opened up about his battle with throat cancer.

“I got cancer,” said Douglas, who liked vibrant and healthy for a man suffering through health struggles. Douglas lit up when he joked that he found out he had cancer right around the time he was told he’d be on Letterman’s show.

“There can’t possibly be a medical connection here,” Letterman shot back.

Douglas said he completed his first week of radiation and chemotherapy, but alluded to “an eight-week struggle.”

You can watch a portion of the clip here.

Letterman told the actor, “You’ve never looked better to me.” He wasn’t pandering. Douglas looked fantastic. Sometimes we get caught up in Oscars and awards and performances around here. Even Douglas joked that the cancer would cut into his promotional duties on the European leg for “Wall Street.”

Today, though, I’m just happy to see a solid actor looking happy and healthy. And I can’t wait to see him play Gekko again soon.

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” opens on Sept. 24.

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