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Michael Douglas Didn’t Get Cancer from Giving His Wife Oral Sex

Michael Douglas Didn’t Get Cancer from Giving His Wife Oral Sex: GQ

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Michael Douglas is best known for his roles in films like Wall Street and Basic Instinct, but a few years ago the acclaimed actor earned headlines for claiming he got cancer from giving his wife oral sex. But now with his new movie Ant-Man about to come out, Douglas is back in the press to say he regrets those old comments.

If you don’t remember this quote, here’s a quick refresher. Back in 2013, Douglas was promoting his HBO film Behind the Candelabra, a biopic of singer Liberace (for which he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy). In an interview with The Guardian, he discussed his battle with throat cancer and how he contracted it. Here’s an excerpt from the article.

The throat cancer, I assume, was first seeded during those wild middle years, when he drank like a fish and smoked like the devil. Looking back, knowing what he knows now, does he feel he overloaded his system?

“No,” he says. “No. Because, without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”

From what? For a moment I think that I may have misheard.

“From cunnilingus. I mean, I did worry if the stress caused by my son’s incarceration didn’t help trigger it. But yeah, it’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer.” He shrugs. “And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”

Right, I say. OK. So what he is suggesting is that it all evens out? “That’s right,” says Douglas. “It giveth and it taketh.”

Yep. Michael Douglas said he went down on women so much, he got cancer and the only way he could get rid of it was to go down on some more.

Obviously, the scientific evidence for Douglas’ theory is…well…dubious. So now that he’s back in the press, he’s decided to address his controversial medical opinion. In an interview with The Daily Mail (why are the Brits getting all the Douglas exclusives?), he said he regrets his comments.

“What I was trying to say was that there is a sexually transmitted virus called HPC,” Douglas says, in an attempt to clarify the controversy that ensued.

“But there is a vaccination that they recommend to all kids before they become sexually active so they don’t catch HPC, which is a cause of certain types of cancer – cervical cancer, tongue and throat.”

So he didn’t imply that performing oral sex could cure certain types of cancer?

“No,” he groans, anguished by the notion. “I was trying to make a public service comment.”

And presumably it caused a certain discomfort over the Douglas breakfast table. A telling flash of pain flickers across his features.

“It was one of those things… and I so regretted any embarrassment that it caused Catherine,” he winces, before adding: “And her family.”

To be fair, his wife is Catherine Zeta-Jones, so we can understand the urge to pursue this particular “alternative therapy.”

He’s lucky for more reasons other than surviving cancer.


Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.

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